|Sen. Bernie Sanders is wrong to endorse ColoradoCare
DENVER—Today, the Colorado Statesman reported that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders threw his support behind ColoradoCare with his launch of a new dark money organization called Our Revolution. ColoradoCare, or Amendment 69, is a $25 billion annual income tax hike that would triple Coloradans’ taxes to finance a new bureaucracy controlled by 21 unelected people.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“ColoradoCare will restrict women’s access to health care choices, burden seniors, veterans and millennials with an unfair tax scheme, triple taxes on low-income workers and ration much-needed health care. ColoradoCare is an abominable scam that will make political appointees rich and create a secret system that controls life and death. Progressive groups like ProgressNow and NARAL oppose ColoradoCare for the same reasons Advancing Colorado spearheaded the fight against the proposal: it is dangerous and isn’t the solution we are looking for to provide quality, affordable access to health care.”
The 21 unelected board members would be given 100 percent control over health care and manage a budget that would rank 80th on the Fortune 500, towering over companies like McDonald’s, Nike and Sears. The unelected board members also are not required to have any medical expertise, insurance or health care background, or even a college degree.
The ColoradoCare board would also be able to implement new tax increases to finance their strained budget with ‘members’ being allowed to vote, though members of ColoradoCare has yet to be defined, raising the question of whether illegal aliens will be able to vote for future tax hikes on Coloradans. Additionally, the Colorado Health Institute issued a report that says ColoradoCare is bankrupt from the beginning affirming Advancing Colorado’s position that ColoradoCare will either cut care or cut paychecks.
The ColoradoCare board is also not held to privacy standards and will not be subject to the oversight of the governor or the legislature.
“There is an important ballot initiative in Colorado which calls for a [Medicare-for-All] health care system,” Sanders said to rousing applause from a crowd gathered in Vermont with the senator and from the hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at thousands of viewing parties across the country, according to the Statesman. “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].”
“It’s hard to imagine a figure whose support of ColoradoCare is more meaningful than Senator Sanders’,” said Owen Perkins, Director of Communications for ColoradoCareYES. “No one has done more to elevate the idea of Medicare for All in the United States in recent years, and by bringing the notion of universal health care into stadiums, auditoriums, town halls, and living rooms throughout the country, Senator Sanders has helped create the ideal environment for passing ColoradoCare. He mobilized hundreds of thousands of Coloradans to become politically active, and we look forward to working with Senator 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.”