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ColoradoCare in the news

Efforts to pass universal health care span the U.S., and Colorado is a leading laboratory for change. Here is a sampling of recent coverage on the need for universal health care and grassroots progress to cover everyone because doing so saves lives and money.

  • Seth Meyers praises Colorado for giving Donald Trump the middle finger and going single payer, Raw Story, May 3, 2016
  • Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single-Payer in Colorado, The Intercept, May 3, 2016
  • Colorado might approve single-payer health care, and Seth Meyers weighs pros and cons, The Week, May 3, 2016
  • Letter: ColoradoCare Will Benefit Many Businesses, PagosaDailyPost.com, May 3, 2016
  • A Closer Look at ColoradoCare, Late Night with Seth Meyers, May 2, 2016
  • Health insurance overhaul posied for heated debate on the November ballot, Fox 31 Denver, April 29, 2016
  • Let the public fund our health care, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon), April 29, 2016
  • Colorado Voters Might Replace Obamacare with ColoradoCare, Newsy, April 29, 2016
  • ColoradoCare would mean universal health care for the state, The Examiner, April 29, 2016
  • Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy with Universal Coverage, New York Times, April 28, 2016
  • Peace Train: U.S. deserves affordable care, Colorado Daily, April 28, 2016
  • Single-payer proponents encourage comparisons, The Business Times, April 26, 2016
  • Mesa County Commissioners oppose ColoradoCare, News Channel 5, April 26, 2016
  • ColoradoCare to face industry onslaught, Physicians for a National Health Program, April 25, 2016
  • Colorado could be first state with single payer care, All In with Chris Hayes, MSNBC, April 22, 2016
  • Health Care Industry Moves Swiftly to Stop Colorado’s “Single Payer” Ballot Measure, The Intercept, April 22, 2016
  • Senator Michael Bennet comes out against ColoradoCare, The Colorado Independent, April 21, 2016
  • Colorado Cares [sic] proponents explain ballot measure, Journal-Advocate, April 21, 2016
  • ColoradoCare: You can handle the truth, Boulder Weekly, April 20, 2016
  • Letter: A rare opportunity, Aspen Times, April 18, 2016
  • Should health care be considered a basic right for all? (2 letters), Denver Post, April 16, 2016
  • ColoradoCare discusses Amendment 69, La Junta Tribune-Democrat, April 15, 2016
  • Estimated ColoradoCare revenues would dwarf those of Nike, McDonald’s, Telluride Daily Planet, April 12, 2016
  • ColoradoCare: How Much Would a Universal Health Care System Cost?  Colorado Public Radio, April 11, 2016
  • Be an Engaged Citizen, SLV Junction, April 11, 2016
  • Debating proposed ColoradoCare single-payer plan (4 letters), The Denver Post, April 9, 2016
  • Support for Amendment 69, Colorado Springs Gazette, April 6, 2016
  • Amendment 69 simplifies health insurance billing, Grand Junction Sentinel, April 5, 2016
  • ColoradoCare on the ballot, Ouray County Plaindealer, April 3, 2016
  • Joe Whelan: ColoradoCare independent of ACA, Boulder Daily Camera, April 2, 2016
  • Yes on Amendment 69: ColoradoCare makes sense, fiscally, Denver Post, April 1, 2016
  • Family practioner: ColoradoCare’s focus on providing care, Canon City Daily Record, March 31, 2016
  • The Economic Case for Amendment 69: ColoradoCare Would Cost Less, Cover Everyone, North Denver News, March 29, 2016
  • Arden Buck: ColoradoCare is a rare opportunity, Boulder Daily Camera, March 28, 2016
  • Koch Brothers Attempt to Kill Single-Payer Health Care in Colorado, Truth Out, March 24, 2016
  • Not a fan of Obamacare? How about ColoradoCare?  Montrose Daily Press, March 24, 2016
  • Amendment 69 topic for forum, league event, Montrose Daily Press, March 22, 2016
  • ColoradoCare will provide children a chance to thrive, Denver Post, March 20, 2016
  • Phil Reynolds: What opponents won’t tell you about ColoradoCare, Longmont Times-Call, March 17,2016
  • Joe Whelan: Setting the record straight on Amendment 69, Canon City Record, March 13, 2016
  • ColoradoCare advocates educate about health-care proposal, Canon City Record, March 10, 2016
  • Bouler County AIDS Project to Host Community Conversation with State Senator Irene Aguilar, MD, North Denver News, March 6,2016
  • ColoradoCare could improve dysfunctional health care system, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, March 6, 2016
  • Single Payer Initiative Highlights Rift Among Colorado’s Democratic Voters, Colorado Public Radio, February 26,2016
  • ColoradoCares [sic] on ballot, South Platte Sentinel, February 24, 2016
  • ColoradoCare rep explains program’s benefits, Journal-Advocate, February 23, 2016
  • Universal health care for Colorado?  Telluride Daily Planet, February 16, 2016
  • “Shall State Taxes Be Increased by $25 Billion Annually,” Daily Kos, February 16, 2016, (En Espanol)
  • Colorado — First With Medicare for All? Huffington Post, February 9, 2016
  • The Real Healthcare Debate Democrats Should Be Having, Huffington Post, January 31, 2016
  • Voters to decide ColoradoCare in November, Pueblo Chietan,January 30, 2016
  • Campaign to defeat single-payer initiative kicks off, Colorado Public Radio, January 28,2016
  • Coalition launches oppostion to universal health care proposal, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, January 28, 2016
  • State Senators Make Case for Universal Health Care Initiative, Public News Service, January 27, 2016
  • Confusion abounds about ColoradoCare ballot measure, The Colorado Statesman, January 27, 2016
  • Reinke: Beyond the fear about ColoradoCare, The Colorado Statesman, January 6, 2016
  • Letter: ColoradoCare “right thing to do,” Fort Collins Coloradan, January 1, 2016
  • ColoradoCare is Better Than the Alternatives (Letter to the Editor),Wall Street Journal, December 20,2015
  • Hadley gets facts wrong on ColoradoCare, The Colorado Statesman, December 20, 2015
  • Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care to a Vote, NPR, December 19, 2015
  • Universal Health Care Ballot Initiative Wins Ally in Colorado, Public News Service, December 17,2015
  • How Colorado Voters Could Usher in the Future of Healthcare in America, Vice Magazine, December 14,2015
  • Bill Semple: Colorado needs a universal health care system, December 4, 2015
  • PERRY: Liberal confession — Obamacare is a failure and only Colorado voters can fix it now, Aurora Sentinel, December 3, 2015
  • Battle Brews as State-Run, Single-Payer Health Care Goes Before Colo. voters in 2016, Colorado Public Radio, December 2, 2015
  • Instability in Marketplaces Draws Concern on Both Sides of Health Law, The New York Times, November 27, 2015
  • Clinton visits Colorado, but dodges the state’s big issues, The Colorado Independent, November 24, 2015
  • Hillary Clinton Talks Topics That Are Important to Colorado, CBS Denver, November 24, 2015
  • Swing state Colorado mulls single payer health plan, AP story in multiple papers including New Brittan Herald, Auora Sentinal, For Collins Coloradoan, and Houston Chronicle, November 22, 2015; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 24, 2015
  • Colorado voters set to decide the fate of health exchange, StateScoop, November 20, 2015
  • Coloradans should look closely at Amendment 69, Loveland Reporter-Herald, November 18, 2015
  • Insurance companies freak out as Colorado prepares for single-payer vote, If You Only News, November 18, 2015
  • Balance of Power: ColoradoCare on the ballot, 9News, November 15, 2015
  • Colorado becomes the first state to vote on single-payer health care reform, Daily Kos, November 14, 2015
  • Colorado Will Decide on Universal Health Care Next Election Day, Medical Daily, November 13, 2015
  • After pot legalization, could Colorado spearhead universal healthcare? The Guardian, November 13, 2015
  • ColoradoCare deserves honest debate, Gunnison Country Times, Nov. 11, 2015
  • Will Colorado be the First State to Get Single-Payer Health Care?  Care2, November 11, 2015
  • Universal Health Care Certified for Colorado’s 2016 Ballot, Colorado Public Radio, November 10, 2015
  • Colorado Could be the First State to Opt Out of Affordable Care Act, CBS Denver 4, Nov. 10, 2015
  • Single-payer health care on 2016 ballot in Colorado, Durango Herald, Nov. 10, 2015
  • Poll: Should Colorado approve a ballot initiative that would create a single-pay state health care system?  Denver Post (scroll down)
  • Poll: Should Colorado opt for universal health care?  Fort Collins Coloradoan, Nov. 10, 2015
  • Letter: ColoradoCare “covers everyone, Fort Collins Coloradan, November 10, 2015
  • ‘A Better Option’: Colorado Readies Ballot Battle for Single-Payer Solution, Common Dreams, November 10, 2015
  • Colorado to vote on single payer health care in 2016, BenefitsPro, November 10, 2015
  • Supporters, opponents line up as universal health care proposal qualifies for state ballot, The Colorado Statesman, Nov. 9, 2015
  • Universal Health Care to Appear on Colorado Ballot in 2016, The New York Times, November 9, 2015
  • Colorado to vote on single-payer state health-care system, Denver Post, November 9, 2015
  • Colorado Puts Single-Payer Healthcare on 2016 Ballot, Forbes, November 9, 2015
  • Universal health care to appear on Colorado ballot in 2016, Aljazeera America, November 9, 2015
  • ‘ColoradoCare’ to appear on 2016 ballot, 9News, November 9, 2015
  • Universal health care amendment qualifies for Colorado 2016 Colorado ballot, Denver Business Journal, November 9, 2015
  • Colorado to vote on universal health care, The Hill, November 9, 2015
  • T.R. Reid Guest Commentary: ColoradoCare is health care for everyone, The Denver Post, Nov. 8, 2015
  • Single-payer health insurance will help Colorado, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, November 5, 2015
  • Ballot measure would ask Colorado to scrap ObamaCare for single-payer-style plan, FoxNews.com, November 2, 2015
  • ColoradoCare on 2016 ballot, KKCO Channel 11, Grand Junction NBC local affiliate, Oct. 26, 2015
  • Bernie Sanders: Colorado could “lead the nation” with its universal healthcare ballot measure, The Colorado Independent, Oct. 26, 2015
  • Coloradocare would replace Obamacare with statewide single-payer plan, Washington Times, Oct. 25, 2015
  • Universal health care advocates submit signatures for 2016 ballot measure, Denver Business Journal/9News, Oct. 25, 2015
  • Universal health care proponents submit petitions, Grand Junction Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2015
  • Colorado Pushes for Universal Heallth Care That’s Governed By the People, Yes! Magazine, October 23, 2015
  • Universal Health care heading to Colorado voters (Associated Press, Oct. 23, 2015)
  • Hispanic voters support medical initiative for universal health coverage (in Spanish), Latino Fox News, Oct. 23, 2015
  • ColoradoCare supporters celebrate healthy signature count (Fort Collins Coloradoan, Oct. 23, 2015)
  • Colorado pushes for universal health care that’s governed by the people (Yes! Magazine, Oct. 23, 2015
  • ColoradoCare backers collect 156,000 signatures for plan (Denver Post, Oct. 23, 2015)
  • Letter: State co-op might be decertified, but ColoradoCare is on the way, Colorado Statesman, October 20, 2015
  • Lawmaker wants Colorado to opt out of Obamacare for universal coverage (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram, Oct. 1, 2015)
  • Proponents push universal health care in Colorado (Canon City Daily Record, Sept. 17, 2015)
  • State Senator Irene Aguilar visits Grand Junction to speak about ColoradoCare (KKCO Chanel 11 News, Sept., 14, 2015)
  • Advocates of ColoradoCare say proposed health care system better than Obamacare (Cannon City Daily Record, Sept. 13, 2015)
  • Bestselling author, filmmaker T.R. Reid to speak in Frisco on ColoradoCare (Summit Daily, Sept. 7, 2015)
  • Universal Health Care in Colorado: T.R. Reid, State Sen. Irene Aguilar, MD featured on KGNU’s Morning Magazine (KGNU, Aug. 6, 2015)
  • Colo. universal health care push hits Fort Collins (Fort Collins Coloradoan, Aug. 3, 2015)
  • Journalist turned activist promotes changes in health insurance coverage (Portland Tribune July 26, 2015)
  • ColoradoCare backers say Title Board’s $25 billion cost estimate ‘misleading’ (Colorado Statesman, July 24, 2015)
  • Author T.R. Reid throws down the gauntlet to Oregon on universal health care (Portland Business Journal July 23, 2015)
  • Reid makes case for universal health care (Corvallis Gazette-Times July 22, 2015)
  • Universal Healthcare Expert to Visit Oregon, Tout Single Payer Plan (The Lund Report July 21, 2015)
  • Summit County pediatrician hosts presentation on new state health care system (Summit Daily July 8, 2015)
  • Critics target universal health-care plan (Durango Herald June 26, 2015)
  • Colorado groups respond to #Obamacare ruling @ColoradoCareYes
  • Universal Health Care for Colorado? (Durango Herald June 11, 2015)
  • Koch –funded “Nonprofit” Stomps Down Hard on Health Care Initiative
  • Flash mob pushes universal health care in Colorado
  • Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, The Rabbit Hole host Jerry Fabyanic talk ColoradoCare May 9
  • ColoradoCare advocates tout universal ‘purple plan for a purple state’
  • Oregon’s universal health care plan gets a hearing
  • Lack of health care leaves many undocumented stranded, one without his skull
  • About half who received subsidies have to pay them back; for one Gilpin County couple, that’ll be $7,500 please…
  • Vermont’s quest for universal health care began outside politics as usual
  • Colorado consumers demand lower rates, universal care
  • ‘Healthy Artists’ movement builds in Pittsburgh and beyond
  • A fresh paradigm for a health care system that works (Opinion)
  • Video: Foundation-hosted health care panel eyes Colorado-grown health care
  • Universal Health Care Doesn’t Mean Waiting Longer to See a Doctor (Atlantic)
  • Can Vermont’s single-payer system fix what ails American health care?
  • Cooperating on Health Care
    With the Colorado Health Care Cooperative, Boulder Weekly columnist Dave Anderson says, Colorado could tame runaway health care costs, administrative waste and Kafkaesque paperwork.
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us (Time)
  • The Colorado Democrat who aims to replace Obamacare
    Colorado Public Radio Health Reporter Eric Whitney’s Feb. 25 Colorado Matters segment features an interview with State Sen. Irene Aguilar, M.D. about her proposal for a Colorado Health Care Cooperative
  • Colorado Health Care Cooperative would preserve health, save money, State Sen. Irene Aguilar, M.D. tells KGNU Community Radio host Jim Pullen. (9:30-14:54)
  • Payroll taxes would fund universal health care
    Health Policy Solutions reporter Katie Kerwin McCrimmon looks at the universal Colorado Health Care Cooperative proposal in light of an economic impact analysis showing it would slow the rising cost of health care more than the Affordable Care Act.
  • Colorado proposal aims for universal health care
    State Sen. Irene Aguilar will propose a universal health care plan for Colorado aimed at reigning in costs while encouraging every Coloradan to stay healthy through prevention and proactive care, Solutions reporter Katie Kerwin McCrimmon reports.
  • Senator, doctor, champion for the vulnerable
    Solutions reporter Katie Kerwin McCrimmon explores how Denver State Sen. Irene Aguilar, M.D.’s journey through medicine and motherhood inspired her to advocate for universal health care in Colorado.
  • Funding Health Care with Pre-Tax dollars too Good a Deal to Ignore
    Universal health care systems gain a huge financial boost by using the provisions in Federal law that allow employers and employees to pay health care premiums with pre-tax dollars. For every $100 employers spend on insurance using pre-tax dollars, employees would need their employers to an increase payroll expenses between $119 and $165 dollars for the employee to have enough left, after taxes, to purchase the same $100 of health care insurance.
  • Despite New Health Law, Some Insurers Raise Rates by Double Digits
  • Health Payment Transition Plan could net CT $70 million
    The Connecticut Department of Public Health is seeking to win an Affordable Care Act grant by developing a payment system that rewards quality, not quantity.
  • Denver-area experts discuss health care reform: What’s next?
    In a panel discussion on health care reform hosted by the Denver Business Journal in August, experts discuss strengths and weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act and how federal health reform will impact businesses. Despite progress, many still want to see more cost containment overall.
  • “Great Recession Accelerated Long-Term Decline of Employer Health Coverage.”
    It used to be that almost two-thirds of U.S. children and working-age adults had employer-sponsored health insurance; Between 2007 and 2010 that number dropped to just over half, according to this recent report by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.
  • “Beyond the Affordable Care Act: An Economic Analysis of a Unified System of Health Care for Minnesota”
    This recent analysis by the Lewin Group demonstrates that Minnesota could reduce health care spending by 9 percent by caring for every Minnesotan under a unified health care system.
  • “Health insurers have had their chance.”
    Wendell Potter, Center for Public Integrity analyst and former health insurance industry executive, shows in his Huffington Post blog why some experienced employers — large and small, Republican and Democrat — want a unified health care system.
  • “What if Medicare’s drug benefit was more like the VA’s?”
    Health economist Austin Frakt of The Incidental Economist posits that Medicare could save money by lowering its prescription formulary choices (thus increasing its purchasing power), even after compensating beneficiaries for their loss of drug options.
  • “Average family health insurance policy up 5 percent”
    In this story on the 2009 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, USA Today reporter Josh Fritze writes: “Since 1999, health insurance premiums for families rose 131 percent, the report found, far more than the general rate of inflation, which increased 28 percent over the same period.”
  • “Medicare for all is the solution”
    Estimates for how much it would save to cover the U.S. population with Medicare range from $58 to $400 billion annually, according to Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley. And, he says, more Americans would get quality care.
  • “Obama Administration takes on health insurance companies.”
    The top five health insurance companies returned almost $12 billion in profits in 2009, despite the economic downturn, reports ABC news.
  • “Health Insurers Respond To Reform By Snapping Up Less-Regulated Businesses”
    Kaiser Health News reports that health insurance company executives are busy diversifying, often in less-regulated markets, and one investment firm leader even calls the traditional health insurance business “dead.”
  • “Largest Study of High Deductible Health Plans Finds Substantial Cost Savings, Less Preventative Care.”
    Higher deductibles lead to less preventative care, even when preventative care is free, the Rand Corporation finds.