A proposal for a cooperative healthcare system. It was previously called the Colorado Health Care Cooperative.
On the official website:
- Spokespeople: Irene Aguilar, MD (state senator); T.R. Reid, journalist; Jeanne Nicholson, RN, MS (former state senator)
Campaign finance forms. As of 10/15/2015:
- $320,171.35 in contributions, $242,143.54 in expenditures. The largest contributors were Lyn Gullette, Ivan Miller, and Dave Beckwith—all activists with the campaign.
- Petition collection done by Kennedy Enterprises
- Advancing Colorado - advocacy group led by Republican operatives and veterans of the Koch network, critical of ColoradoCare
- Aguilar, Irene. “Let’s get facts straight, not give in to scare tactics on ColoradoCare.” The Colorado Statesman. July 25, 2015.
- A response to Fields' “Déjà vu” article below
- Insists that ColoradoCare is not an agency of the state
- “while ColoradoCare would be one of several payers financing health care, all of the health care providers would be independent — not employed by the state.”
- “he fairly called out glitches and audit irregularities with Connect for Health Colorado, our health benefit exchange, but incorrectly labels it as a “government-run” entity. Connect for Health was established as a non-profit entity at the request of Colorado’s business community”
- “Starting in 2017, the ACA allows states to opt out and design their own health care system. Colorado can REPLACE without a need for repeal. ColoradoCare is an effort to do just that.”
- “A 10-year economic analysis estimates that ColoradoCare would decrease the state portion of health care GDP from a projected 19 percent to 14 percent. That’s an extra 5 percent of GDP available to contribute to our economy.”
- Bunch, Joey. “ColoradoCare backers collected 156,000 petitions for single-payer plan.” Denver Post (October 23, 2015).
- Coltrain, Nick. “Colo. universal health care push hits Fort Collins.” Coloradan. August 3, 2015.
- “The Colorado Hospital Association, which counts more than a hundred medical providers among its ranks, hasn’t taken an official position on ColoradoCare, Vice President of Legislative Policy and Chief Strategy Officer Katherine Mulready said. But the group is nonetheless wary because of how vast of an impact it could have.” … “'When you consolidate that entire payer market to one payer that has the ability to set rates, that’s a very big fear point for those of us that do health care delivery,' Mulready said.” … “She worries the same market forces cited as a benefit by ColoradoCare could push more providers to states where they command better pay.”
- Includes a proposed timeline for the rollout of the plan.
- Fields, Michael. “Déjà vu: a preview of government-run health care.” The Colorado Statesman. June 24, 2015.
- Fields is director of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity - Colorado
- Argues against ColoradoCare by comparing it to the state-run ACA exchange. “The lessons of the past year are clear: If we want efficient, effective, and affordable health care, bureaucrats are the last people we should turn to.”
- Greene, Susan. “NARAL denounces ColoradoCare, saying it would restrict abortions.” The Colorado Independent. June 22, 2016.
- mamajama55, “Koch-funded “Nonprofit” Stomps Down Hard on Health Care Initiative.” Colorado Pols. May 28, 2015.
- Outlines the opposition to ColoradoCare
- Marcus, Peter. “Critics target universal health-care plan.” The Durango Herald. June 26, 2015.
- Mostly cites Advancing Colorado's criticism of the associated tax increase.
- McCrimmon, Katie Kerwin, “Advocates amp up Colorado universal care plan.” Health News Colorado. May 20, 2015.
- “Now called ColoradoCare, the group previously know as the Colorado Health Care Cooperative, has gotten approval to gather signatures for Initiative 20, a statewide measure that would provide health coverage to all Coloradans under age 65 through a citizen-run health co-op.”
- Reid: “We’re a purple state. This is a purple plan.”
- This Saturday, advocates will be staging flash mobs in Denver to promote ColoradoCare. The dancers aim to show that Colorado can get expensive private health insurance companies out as “middlemen” and cover everyone who needs access to doctors. / The flash mobs are scheduled for noon in front of Denver’s Union Station, at 12:30 p.m. at the Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall and at 1 p.m. at Civic Center Park. / The public demonstrations kick off a movement to gather the necessary 99,000 signatures to get the measure on Colorado’s ballot for November 2016.“
- Richardson, Valerie. ”ColoradoCare would replace Obamacare with statewide single-payer plan — at $25 billion cost.“ The Washington Times (October 25, 2015).
- Schneider, Nathan. ”Colorado Pushes for Universal Health Care That’s Governed by the People.“ YES! Magazine (October 23, 2015).
- Sherlock, Tom. Colorado's Healthcare Heritage: A Chronology of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. (Volume one, Volume two)
- Wyatt, Kristen. ”Universal health care advocates heading to Colorado voters.“ Associated Press (October 23, 2015).