Planned Parenthood says NO to “ColoradoCare” single-payer ballot proposal Amendment 69

Planned Parenthood says NO to “ColoradoCare” single-payer ballot proposal Amendment 69

DENVER—Planned Parenthood today took a “NO” position on ColoradoCare, the $25 billion single-payer tax hike ballot proposal Amendment 69.

Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) said:

“Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has serious concerns about Amendment 69, and as a result is taking a position in opposition. PPRM, perhaps more than most organizations, knows that the ballot process is a risky tactic for implementing sweeping policy change. Things can unintentionally go wrong.”

In response to the new development in the showdown over ColoradoCare, Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood is echoing the concerns of Coloradans who do not want to see ColoradoCare restrict access to health care. The chief backer of ColoradoCare, Denver doctor state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, should be ashamed that she is pushing a dangerous proposal that could be detrimental to women’s health care. Coloradans need to know that virtually every advocacy group on the left and the right oppose Aguilar’s killer ColoradoCare proposal. Advancing Colorado was at the tip of the spear on this critical issue because we saw the dangers early on, now advocacy groups from every shade of the political spectrum are armed against Aguilar’s ColoradoCare crusade. Public polling shows that Millennials, women, and voters of all ages, are refusing to drink Aguilar’s ColoradoCare kool-aid no matter what the ColoradoCare cult leaders push. The fight however is not over, we must continue to educate fellow Coloradans on Amendment 69 and kill Aguilar’s phony single-payer agenda.”

Last week, Magellan Strategies released a new poll showing Coloradans oppose the single-payer ballot proposal Amendment 69 known as “ColoradoCare” 65 to 27 percent. Only 11 percent of voters said they would definitely vote for the proposal. The majority of those questioned in the survey were 18 to 34 year olds, and the majority were also female.

Since Magellan’s survey in January voter opposition to the $25 billion tax hike has increased by 15 points from 50 to 65 percent. Support has declined 16 points, dropping from 43 to 27 percent.

Ed Sealover, with the Denver Business Journal explained in his report on the poll that ColoradoCare is losing in every demographic group:

“Millennials, once thought to be its possible salvation, oppose it by a margin of 59 percent to 40 percent, while all other age groups show at least 62 percent opposition. Democrats oppose it by a total of 45 percent to 41 percent, Magellan found, while 88 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of unaffiliated voters are against it.”

Magellan Strategies said:

“These findings are not that surprising considering Colorado’s history of rejecting large tax increases. We believe the amendment asks too much from Colorado voters by asking them to raise their state income tax by 10 percent. While the dream of universal healthcare may sound appealing to some Colorado voters, two thirds are unwilling to pay up for it.

With more than 60 days until Election Day, and five weeks until ballots are mailed out on October 17th, this survey indicates it is very unlikely that Amendment 69 will be approved by voters.”

The Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council, linked to the AFL-CIO, took an official “NO” position on ColoradoCare, recently too. The announcement follows an implosion among progressives and establishment politicians on the Left debating the single-payer proposal and its impacts on women’s health.

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, chambers of commerce, progressive advocacy groups, pro-life groups, pro-abortion groups and more. 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.