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Health Care for All Colorado Will Try for 2014 Ballot

By Michael Booth for the Denver Post

Health Care for All Colorado will shoot for a 2014 statewide ballot vote rather than 2013, supporters have decided.

The progressive cause has launched an education effort across the state, but decided to take the extra year to gather support and earn enough of the tens of thousands of signatures it would need to make the ballot, said director Donna Smith.

One of the group’s slogans is that health care is a right, not a commodity. Most supporters are backers of “Obamacare” reforms passed by Congress in 2010, but argue they don’t go far enough to guarantee health care to all citizens. In Colorado alone, hundreds of thousands of people will remain without health insurance because of gaps left in undocumented residents, workers changing jobs, and those who risk a penalty in refusing to buy insurance.

Health Care for All would put a payroll tax on all residents according to their income and asset levels. It would also ask Medicare and Medicaid, which use federal and state dollars to pay for more than a million state residents, to issue waivers allowing their funds to be pooled with the health care tax. A single administration would then make payments to health care providers like doctors and hospitals, on a common set of benefits.

A separate effort for a somewhat similar system was dropped in this past Legislature by Sen. Irene Aguilar of south Denver, a Democrat who also believes Obamacare did not go far enough. Because she wanted the Legislature to refer the issue to voters, Aguilar would have needed a two-thirds vote, including highly reluctant Republicans. She apparently was not able to win that extra support.

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7 Responses to “Health Care for All Colorado Will Try for 2014 Ballot”
  1. Jeremy says:

    this is very good every state needs to put this on the ballot however you should put it on during a president election year that way its the best turnout

  2. Lis says:

    This is an absolutely awful scheme. Anyone who understands how evil capitated HMOs were should understand that a socialist medicine scheme will deny freedom and deny quality. Look at cancer survival rates in the U.S. vs socialized medicine countries.

  3. Doreen says:

    We desperately need single payer! All people need to do is compare all other industrialized nations that cover all their citizens to America’s system that leaves 50 MILLION WITH NOTHING & MILLIONS OF BANKRUPT FAMILIES! AMERICA HAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE, WASTEFUL, PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM! WE ARE 37TH ON THE LIST! 36 OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS ARE DOING WAY BETTER THAN US FOLKS! AND EVEN THOSE WITH INSURANCE ARE FILING BANKRUPTCY! ACTUALLY AMERICA IS THE MOST MEDICATED POPULATION ON THE PLANET. ALL OTHER COUNTRIES ARE FOCUSING ON PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE WHILE AMERICA THRIVES AND PROFITS ON THE SICK. THERE IS NO DEFENSE TO OUR PRIVATE HEALTHCARE DISASTER!!!!!

  4. Rob says:

    I agree with Doreen! She has a very valid point! How can our current private healthcare system be so great when we have the most medicated population?? It is true that other industrialized nations strive for preventative medicine keeping costs down. People there are not afraid of going to a doctor, they catch illness early. Here in America people are afraid to go to the doctor because they do not want to go bankrupt. It is more expensive to treat their medical condition because they waited to long to go to a doctor resulting in massive medical bills. I believe it is a lie that our current private healthcare system is better than other industrialized nations. It has been proven that the private healthcare system does not work. why don’t we give single payer a try??

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