Single-payer “ColoradoCare” $25B tax hike qualifies for 2016 ballot
DENVER—Today, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced backers of the $25 billion income tax hike, ColoradoCare, turned in sufficient signatures based on a random sample and would be certified for the ballot. The single-payer health care measure, tentatively called Amendment 69, claims to guarantee every resident Medicare-style health care, funded by a 10 percent payroll tax increase. 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 the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“ColoradoCare will triple our taxes, lead to rationing of health care and will make Colorado a less attractive state for Millennials, businesses and families. Coloradans do not want to see their taxes triple and all the progress with health care reform thrown in the trash for a single-payer health care system. We can get more people covered, more affordably and more realistically with market-driven reforms that ensure choice and options.”