ColoradoCare to Millennials: “69 The best F*CKING amendment on the ballot.”
ColoradoCare campaign targets Millennials with sexed up campaign to push historically ridiculous single-payer income tax hike that will restrict women’s and LGBT health care
BOULDER — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of 2,000 at Farrand Field at CU-Bouldertoday in favor of Colorado’s government-run healthcare system ColoradoCare. After poll numbers for Amendment 69 showed universal distaste for the measure — every demographic, including Millennials, opposes the amendment by a 2-1 margin — campaigners for the 10 percent premium tax on every dollar earned turned to a new method of voter outreach: vulgar language and imagery. The ColoradoCare rally featured “exposed” patients and buttons that declared, “69 The best F*CKING amendment on the ballot.” A state representative who represents the area, Jonathan Singer, a Democrat, said at one point, “if you’ve ever felt the Bern, you need [Amendment 69].”
Jill Stein supporters showed up at the event, as did current senatorial candidate for the Green Party Arn Menconi, who was overheard saying he got in trouble for passing out campaign literature. A student donning a Hillary for Prison t-shirt also made an appearance at the “triple our taxes” rally.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“The desperate Amendment 69 campaign has resorted to sexing up their rhetoric in an effort to turn out Millennials. There’s a better way to take care of each other, and we can enact health care reform that protects choice, ensures equity and provides affordable, quality health care for all. We can do this by empowering consumers and patients, by putting them in control of their health care. Aguilar, Salazar, Singer and Sanders lied to Millennials by hiding the fact this will triple taxes on my generation, already saddled with huge student loan debt and skyrocketing rent prices. The special interests and dark money groups behind this dangerous proposal are hypocrites and they seek to restrict care, ration care and ultimately it will kill. The only thing not ridiculous at the rally was the fact Students for Harambe showed up.”
“Lobbyists and special-interest groups will spend millions of dollars telling you why we shouldn’t pass Amendment 69,” Sanders said. “But what they won’t tell you is that in Colorado people get sick and die because they don’t go to the doctor because they don’t have health insurance.”
“The current American healthcare system is dysfunctional and it has to change,” he said. “Colorado can send a shot that will be heard all over the country and all over the world.
“Millions of people are watching what you do,” Sanders said in conclusion. “Stand tall and vote yes on Amendment 69.”
Also present was state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, who was hailed in his introduction as a women’s rights advocate, despite saying women don’t know if they feel like they are going to get raped, and that he fought against women’s rights to self-defense claiming they should just use a call box or a whistle because they might “pop off.” He called himself a “dog house” Democrat, and slammed Democratic Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, who he called the establishment.
Of course, state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, spoke at the rally crediting Obamacare for the ability to enact ColoradoCare, despite her constant back-and-forth support and opposition to the law. Singer said that Obamacare opened the door and that Amendment 69 is one step better before making his off-color joke.
Sanders called ColoradoCare, or Amendment 90 as he mistakenly called it at one point, a political revolution.
Other speakers talked about turning out the vote. All of the speakers reiterated that theme and that ColoradoCare, if passed, will lead the rest of the country toward enacting similar proposals.