DENVER — There was more good news Friday in a long streak of positive press from around Colorado and across the country. The Denver Business Journal posted a comprehensive cover story on ColoradoCare, which included the breaking news that a nationally respected pollster found a solid, winning majority of Colorado voters in support of Amendment 69.
“Pollster David Flaherty of Magellan noted that once they explained the measure to people in the way that backers would explain, approval of it went up among certain groups, giving it an overall approval of 55 percent of representative voters,” Business Journal reporter Ed Sealover wrote. “That included a 60 percent approval from millennials and 54 percent approval from voters 45 and older.”
To read the Denver Business Journal’s full cover package on ColoradoCare, Amendment 69, available with a paid subscription, please click here.
Magellan’s results are consistent with the ColoradoCareYES campaign’s extensive polling of Colorado voters. We know that if voters know nothing but the language on the ballot, our chances aren’t as good, but when they’re given even a minimal explanation of the “Medicare-for-All” model, the odds soar in favor of a YES vote on Amendment 69.
As the Business Journal reports, a little education goes a long way. Coloradans maintain a winning majority even when the explanation is given in the language our opponents use to instill fear in the voters.
“When pollsters re-explained it from opponents’ point of view, approval still remained at 51 percent, as opposed to 43 percent disapproval,” Sealover writes. “Again it was millennials leading the way with 57 percent backing, though senior citizens also supported it by a 51-41 margin, Flaherty said.”
That strong support from millennials is especially important, given their status as the largest voting block in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
This is encouraging news for ColoradoCare supporters – and empowering evidence of the opportunity for Colorado millennials to change the course of health care in our state and in our country with a YES vote on Amendment 69 on the November ballot.
There should be no doubt, however, that those margins of support should not lead us to a false sense of complacency. We know the corporate insurance industry is poised to spend millions of dollars to defeat Amendment 69 and protect their profits at the expense of Colorado patients.
Good news of our successful efforts to educate Coloradans about a good idea whose time has come should serve as a rallying cry to step up our work and keep fighting against innumerable attacks for a goal that is within our reach.
The polling shows what we see every day as we reach out and talk to voters across Colorado: when people know the facts about ColoradoCare, they like what they see. What’s not to like?
“For a worker with a $50,000 income, employers would have to pay $278 a month and workers $139,” the Business Journal reports. “That compares to a $1,400 average monthly cost currently for a platinum-level small-group plan for a family of four in Denver.
“For that amount of monthly cost, ColoradoCare members would have no deductibles to meet, no copayments on primary or preventive care and a choice of any doctor they want to see, rather than just the physicians within an insurance plan’s network.”
As Senator Irene Aguilar points out in the lead story, “Instead of everyone trying to decide ‘Which of these skimpy insurance plans can I get by with?’ everyone could decide ‘Who’s the best doctor I could see?’”
Every day we see Coloradans rejecting the fear-mongering and “untruths” of our opposition – the corporate insurance industry, the Koch brothers, and the politicians in their pockets — and making the informed decision to support an approach to health care that has been proven to work in every other industrialized country on the planet. The facts are indisputable, with so many of them in the binding language of the Amendment itself.
Colorado is ready to lead our country to make the kind of meaningful changes states have enacted throughout our nation’s history. States led the fight to give women the right to vote, to enact child labor laws, to allow interracial marriage, to allow marriage equality, to establish a minimum wage, to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, and so much more. Colorado can lead again in offering equal access to quality health care for all our residents.
“I don’t see things coming out of Washington D.C.,” T.R. Reid said in a presentation to a Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management gathering last year, quoted in the Business Journal. “I do think the United States eventually will do the right thing and provide universal health care. But I think it will come out of the states. When we prove that we can provide sensible, universal health care at reasonable costs, we’ll lead the country.”
The Business Journal cover story comes two days after another four-story cover package from the Colorado Springs Independent and reporter Adrian Stanley. Please click here to read the Colorado Springs Independent cover story.
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