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I am BIASED toward Valley Med alliance with UW

I admit it: I AM NOW BIASED. Both as a resident taxpayer and Medicare recipient, I have been concerned about rising health-care costs and was pleased to be asked to serve on the VMC President’s Advisory Board. The timing was right, and I wanted to learn more about this complex problem. Our democratic process is messy and slow, but if enough of us care to take the time, the outcome can be better than what we have now.

The time was well spent with other concerned community members — we learned, asked questions and gave input. In the process, I have become biased … we can be proud of VMC and its staff, and I appreciate even more the hard work and visionary thinking of those who must grapple with the complex problems/changes facing the medical community and its consumers.

Kudos to Sue Bowman and her fellow commissioners — and of course Rich Roodman — for their stellar job of bringing together those who were able to shed light on the murky waters of health care reform and its implications.

To add to my growing bias, the possibility of affiliating with UW Medicine (where I feel BOTH the partners and we consumers gain from the venture) —well, for this Husky alum, it seems like a win-win situation.  Please add my name to the ever-growing list of supporters — you/we are heading in the right direction with a VMC/UW affiliation. Go, Go, Go!

Judy Craig

Renton

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