ColoradoCare battle strikes in Arvada with two-sided panel discussion hosted by Woods

ColoradoCare battle strikes in Arvada with two-sided panel discussion hosted by Woods
Colorado leaders united against ColoradoCare, proponents simply part of tax hike push

DENVER—This morning, state Sen. Laura Woods, R-Arvada, held a fair, two-sided panel discussion on Amendment 69, known as ColoradoCare, at Tri-City Baptist Church.

“Sen. Laura Woods has been one of the most active legislators in holding public forums and making sure her constituents have the full picture of the proposal. The ColoradoCare cult leaders pushed the same kool-aid they have been since the beginning of their horrific campaign,” said free-market non-profit Advancing Colorado Chief Jonathan Lockwood. “ColoradoCare is opposed by progressive, liberal, free-market and conservative groups, as well as Democratic and Republican leaders alike because it is a dangerous, ill-conceived idea that fails to guarantee quality, affordable and accessible health care for all.”

The debate featured a panel discussion with opponents of the measure including Lockwood, Independence Institute Health Care Policy Director Linda Gorman, National Federation of Independent Business Colorado State Director Tony Gagliardi and retired physician and author Henry Krahn, and ColoradoCare advocates ColoradoCareYES spokesperson Diane Dunn, Physicians for ColoradoCare’s Mark K. Matthews, author and documentary filmmaker T.R. Reid and Health Care for All Colorado’s Nathan Wilkes.

This week Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed the tax hike with his launch of Our Revolution, what anti-free speech activists and state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, ColoradoCare’s chief architect would call a “dark money organization,” aimed at promoting progressive issues.

“There is an important ballot initiative in Colorado which calls for a [Medicare-for-All] health care system,” Mr. Sanders said in a speech from Burlington, Vermont, seen by thousands gathered at an estimated 2,600 watch parties nationwide, according to the Washington Times.

“It is absurd, it is beyond belief, that here in America we remain the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people. If that proposal can win in Colorado, I believe that idea will spread around the country, and Our Revolution is supporting [Amendment 69],” he said.

“It’s hard to imagine a figure whose support of ColoradoCare is more meaningful than Sen. Sanders,” said ColoradoCareYes spokesman Owen Perkins in a Thursday statement. “He mobilized hundreds of thousands of Coloradans to become politically active, and we look forward to working with Sen. Sanders and his supporters to make history together by enacting a central plank in his presidential platform and a founding feature in the ongoing revolution he has inspired.”

“I think everybody supports the goal of improved healthcare for all Coloradans. But because Amendment 69 can’t provide guarantees to affordable abortion access, it isn’t truly universal health care,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s director, Karen Middleton.

Advancing Colorado was the first organization in ColoradoCare to publicly oppose ColoradoCare and spearheaded the opposition force that now includes health care advocates, elected officials from both parties, conservative groups, business groups and chambers of commerce, progressive advocacy groups, pro-life groups, pro-abortion groups and more.

“We are troubled by the disproportionate burden these taxes would put on working families and small businesses,” Colorado Democratic House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran said to KRDO in a recent interview.

The Colorado Springs Business Journal covered the recent advancements on the ColoradoCare showdown in an article called, “Amendment 69 debate heats up as November approaches,” which detailed the wide-range of opposition to the proposal. The article covered a recent issue brief from the Colorado Health Institute, a non-partisan health policy research organization, that explained ColoradoCare, “would slide into ever-increasing deficits in future years unless taxes were increased.” Their non-partisan report proves what many have suggested, that ColoradoCare will either cut care or cut paychecks further to remain sustainable.

“Aguilar calls attacks on ColoradoCare, from literally any direction, ridiculous and insulting, but what’s insulting and over-the-top ridiculous is her doubling-down on a dangerous tax hike disguised as health care that will benefit her political allies. It looks to many more like ColoradoCare will be a crony trough,” Lockwood added.

Lockwood has debated numerous times on the ColoradoCare issue Denver Democratic state Sen. Irene Aguilar and former Black Hawk Democratic state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson and T.R Reid, and participated in forums held by legislators and grassroots groups across the state including the business, minority, LGBT, libertarian, conservative communities.