The movement for a statewide single-payer health-care system has shifted from the Green Mountains of Vermont (where it failed) to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where citizens have taken up the torch and are about to put single-payer medical care up for a statewide vote in the 2016 election. If voters approve, the Colorado constitution will be amended to create a statewide, publicly funded universal health care system for millions of people for the first time in US history.
Universal health care is common in Europe and in far flung countries around the world including Israel, China, Taiwan Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and on and on. It’s reported that the U.S. residents pays twice to three times as much for medical care yet enjoy medical outcomes that struggle to place in the top ten.
Against this back-drop Colorado will take the issue out of the hands of politicians and place it in the hands of the people in a statewide vote. The big question of course will involve what role Obamacare will play in the funding structure of “universal health care” in Colorado. And with the Republican party’s strong commitment to destroy Obamacare, what might the long term prognosis be for Colorado’s flirtation with socialized medicine? Here’s more in a surprisingly thoughtful article. Click here.