Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat 'Medicare-for-All' in ColoradoPro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans in fighting to defeat first-in-the-nation ballot measure for statewide single-payer plan
Highlighting the divisions in the Democratic party this election, Colorado's ballot measure for a universal, single-payer healthcare plan is facing unexpected resistance from the very same party that has been calling for such a healthcare plan since the 1990s.
"There is a disconnect between the powers that be and the people," said state senator Irene Aguilar, a former doctor and the chief architect of the statewide 'Medicare-for-all,' called ColoradoCare, in an interview with the Guardian. "The powers that be are incrementalists. There hasn't been a courage of conviction to try and deal with [healthcare coverage]."
If it passes, ColoradoCare would make Colorado the first state in the nation with universal healthcare.
Most Americans support replacing Obamacare with a single-payer system, and Bernie Sanders has made his support for universal healthcare a central pillar of his presidential campaign. His rival Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, continues to support the least popular position of maintaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with only incremental and modest changes.
Clinton's position is echoed by establishment Democrats in Colorado, including Clinton supporter and former governor Bill Ritter, who argued to the Guardian that ColoradoCare was not "practical or feasible."
She knows what is at stake and what it will take to get the job done. There is now way the people of CO would go along with it hitting them all at once. It is not all simple like Bernie has led you to believe.
healthcare after Hillary told them it was ok? Because she is the foremost expert on it. Why would we listen to anyone else?
WOW just WOW...Looks like we have given up thinking for ourselves.
- taking $13 million and saying single-payer will never, ever come to pass
she doesn't work on our behalf
That's what happened with the IWar vote. If she gets to be president, expect to see a lot of that headline.