DENVER — The ColoradoCareYES campaign is in Philadelphia for the week, speaking about the “Medicare-for-All” movement to caucuses, councils, and other gatherings in and around the Democratic National Convention.
ColoradoCareYES has been a central part of a coalition working to secure inclusion in the party’s national platform. Universal health care supporters and convention delegates succeeded in getting the following language into the Democratic Party’s National Platform (page 34):
“Democrats will empower the states, which are the true laboratories of democracy, to use innovation waivers under the ACA to develop unique locally tailored approaches to health coverage,” the platform reads. “This will include removing barriers to states which seek to experiment with plans to ensure universal health care to every person in their state.”
The focus now shifts to Colorado, where Amendment 69’s pursuit of just such a waiver from the Affordable Care Act makes the state Ground Zero for the fight for a “Medicare-for-All” type universal health care plan.
“We will proudly continue the fight for a Medicare-for-All single-payer health care system,” Senator Bernie Sanders told his delegates Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. “Health care is a right for all people.”
The ColoradoCareYES campaign and the coalition partners are working with Sanders to engage the senator and his supporters in the fight for one of the central planks of his campaign for president — Medicare for All. As the first state to pursue the innovation waivers, Colorado is the state best situated to pick up the mantle and lead the movement for true universal health care on the national level.
Among the coalition partners working together in advance of the convention and working together to build support for Medicare for All and spread the message at the convention are National Nurses United, Healthcare-NOW, Progressive Democrats of America, and The Labor Campaign For Single-Payer.
ColoradoCare, Amendment 69 on the November ballot, covers every Colorado resident — picking up hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who are not covered under the current corporate insurance system — with enhanced benefits and reduced costs, saving Colorado families and firms over $4.5 billion a year. There are no insurance premiums, no deductibles, and no co-pays on primary and preventive care. The system is primarily paid for through a 3.33% payroll deduction for employees and 6.67% of payroll for employers, representing savings of thousands of dollars annually for over 80% of Colorado residents.