Colorado”Care” is a Colorado killer and a moral outrage

Colorado”Care” is a Colorado killer and a moral outrage

DENVER—Friday, proponents of a single-payer health care ballot initiative in Colorado will be turning in signatures needed to qualify for the 2016 ballot. Following their submission of the necessary 98,492 signatures they will be subject to a validation process by the Colorado secretary of state’s office.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“This proposal could kill health care as we know it in Colorado and destroy what everyone, on both sides of the aisle, has worked so hard for to mitigate the negative impacts of Obamacare. While ColoradoCare’s deceptive campaign may have worked to get the signatures needed, they still must survive the scrutiny of the secretary of state’s office before it can be placed on the ballot.

“ColoradoCare is a Trojan horse that will hurt everyone. Government has already exacerbated the problems that increase the cost of health care. We could see real human lives lost as a result of this complete government takeover of health care.

“The worst part of the ColoradoCare proposal is that if it passes, it will allow an unelected ‘board’ to raise taxes on income with no restraints, and no recourse for consumers. ColoradoCare isn’t just government picking winners and losers, it is government making us all losers.”

The government takeover of health care proposal, dubbed “ColoradoCare,” will triple Coloradans taxes to rake in a state budget-sized $25 billion a year. Coloradans will be forced to pay at least 10 percent of their income to pay for their “premium” tax and could possibly be left paying for a separate health care plan.

ColoradoCare would be administered by an unelected board with the power to raise income taxes with no restraints, bypassing the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). The YES campaign’s spokesperson T.R. Reid even threatened to initiate a lawsuit against the Colorado Title Board over the proposal’s ballot language.

From the Durango Herald:

“The proposal comes at a pivotal moment in Colorado’s health-insurance landscape, after state regulators last week prohibited the state’s insurance cooperative from participating in the Nov. 1 yearly open enrollment period on Connect for Heath Colorado, the state’s insurance marketplace.

Colorado HealthOP is facing an uncertain financial future after being notified this month that it would receive only 12.6 percent of federal funding associated with payments to offset startup costs. The issue hit the national spotlight, as critics of the Affordable Care Act say it is an example of failed government health-care policies.”