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Health care topic at Republican Women meeting

The Archuleta County Republican Women recently hosted a keynote speaker on the topic of health care changes and how it could affect you and your family.

 Dr. Bill Plested spoke to a full house of 40 people at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Archuleta County Republican Women at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 11. He gave an interesting and thought-provoking presentation, which took you from the beginning of health care and how President Obama’s plan will change the system we know today and the anticipated cost.

Plested is a retired physician who had a thoracic and cardiovascular practice in the Santa Monica, Calif., area for 30 years. He graduated from CU Boulder, took his medical training in Kansas and his internship and residency at UCLA. He became president of the Los Angeles and California Medical Associations and in 2006 became president of the American Medical Association. He has retired to the Durango area where he and his wife, Carolyn, have had property and a home for nearly 30 years.

Plested advocates that physicians should have the ability to make decisions based on the needs of the patient, unhampered and unencumbered by the government. We are pleased and fortunate to have Dr. Plested living in our area and eager to share his concerns for our health care system.