ColoradoCare exposed, Lamm says doctors take Hippocratic Oath too seriously, “we shouldn’t expand health care”
DENVER—ColoradoCare supporter former Gov. Richard Lamm told the Colorado Statesman that the “single-payer” health care system proposed by the $25 billion tax hike is “wonderful” and that we shouldn’t “allow health care to continue to expand.”
From the interview featured in the Statesman:
“What other health care reform measures do you promote?
[Lamm:] I am really trying to change the idea that the Hippocratic Oath allows a doctor to bill for anything they think might be beneficial. I think medical ethics, and certain aspects of medical ethics, are unethical public policy, because it drives too much possible spending. We have kids to educate and other demands on our taxpayer dollars. We can’t allow health care to continue to expand and metastasize all throughout the budget, pushing away other things. Good health care is important, but it isn’t the only thing we have to do with public dollars.”
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“ColoradoCare is an effort to ration our health care, which could lead to a loss of real human life, something no one wants to see happen. It is disturbing, and telling, to have a politician say that the Hippocratic Oath needs to be disregarded and that health care shouldn’t be allowed to expand. Coloradans need to know what the truth is behind this $25 billion tax hike and the opposition to this measure is being proven right.”
ColoradoCare proponents submitted 156,107 signatures, exceeding the 98,492 required to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, to the Colorado secretary of state’s office for verification. The measure would triple Coloradans’ taxes and exempt itself from TABOR.