Single-payer health care: The more Coloradans knew, the less they liked it

Single-payer health care: The more Coloradans knew, the less they liked it

[Ed. – Longer wait times, worse care … who wouldn’t reject it once they learned the realities?]

Those leading the charge for single-payer health care claim to enjoy wide support among voters.

In 2016, they put that claim to the test in Colorado, asking voters to amend the state constitution to create ColoradoCare, a single-payer bureaucracy designed to “administer a coordinated payment system for health care services and control the per capita cost of health care.”

In January, just 50 percent of voters said they intended to oppose the measure. By November, 79 percent of voters opposed it—and rejected it at the ballot box.

The more voters learned about the plan, the less they liked it.

The ColoradoCare campaign sought to deflect criticism by providing few details about the plan. It wrote the proposed amendment in the vaguest possible language. Fortunately, it still had to provide some specifics outlining the plan’s legal structure—and when it did, support plummeted.

ColoradoCare would have contracted with providers to purchase health care services for state residents. Under the law, no licensed health care provider would have been able to require patients to make copayments, or any other payments, for medical devices or services without ColoradoCare approval.

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