Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar thinks health care reform is a game

Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar thinks health care reform is a game

DENVER—According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, lauds Obamacare, but claims “it’s not enough.” Aguilar is behind Initiative 20, a proposal to create ColoradoCare, a new health care bureaucracy exempt from TABOR, which would triple Coloradans’ taxes. Aguilar predicted the number of hospitals possibly dropping immediately, adding, “not that its a bad thing.”

“Health care reform is not a game and Coloradans take health care very seriously. That’s why the majority of people don’t believe the myth that a single-payer system is innovative. It is not new,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado, a free market advocacy group. “Increasing choice and options, and allowing true innovation to breathe and grow will help save and improve lives. Instead of strangling our health care system and Coloradans along with it, we must stand for real reform and share the truth with our communities.”

Earlier this summer, Aguilar responded to Advancing Colorado’s educational outreach saying she, “would love to discuss the merits” and “will schedule a public forum,” on the $25 billion dollar tax hike proposed by Initiative 20.

ColoradoCare would be financed by taxes on Coloradans’ incomes, including a 10 percent “Health Care Premium Tax” on payroll and non-payroll income collected by the Department of Revenue. The proposal asks that the revenues be exempt from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Meaning, board members, who would initially be appointed, could vote on any future Health Care Premium Tax increases.

The Colorado Hospital Association Vice President of Legislative Policy and Chief Strategy Officer Katherine Mulready told the Coloradoan:

“When you consolidate that entire payer market to one payer that has the ability to set rates, that’s a very big fear point for those of us that do health care delivery. It’s my sense that ColoradoCare wouldn’t fix that problem; it could exacerbate it.”