Submitted By: Jonathan Kotch
I am the Executive Director of a new organization leading a compelling campaign to bring universal health care to Colorado. On May 17, we began a citizens’ initiative campaign to collect the 99,000 signatures needed to place it on the ballot in 2016. Colorado has an opportunity to lead the nation in fixing many of the problems in our troubled health care system, and I think you may be interested in learning more and in joining me in this important project.
The plan, called ColoradoCare, assures comprehensive, high quality, economically sustainable health care for all Coloradans. It obtains a federal waiver that allows replacing the Affordable Care Act with a Colorado solution, and it is run by an elected board, independent of partisan politics. Premiums are collected from everyone based on the individual’s ability to pay. This change in premium collection assures lifetime health care and reduces the burden on employers by taking them out of the health care business. I think Colorado will do it better, simpler, and less expensively than the current system of national health insurance companies that are primarily regulated in Washington.
Our core message is simple—covers everyone, saves billions, designed in Colorado for Coloradans. The same Colorado providers would deliver care as they do now, but the payment system would be greatly simplified by eliminating billions of dollars of waste taken by the insurance middlemen who come between patients and providers.
By October 15, we need to collect 99,000 signatures on petitions that we are circulating around the state. Then will come a 13-month campaign to inform voters about this important opportunity. ColoradoCare will provide universal, lifetime, comprehensive, high quality health care for Coloradans, and will also eliminate so much bureaucratic waste that Coloradans would save almost $5 billion a year. It will be Issue #20 on the 2016 ballot. Your support can help.
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