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(960 posts)
Mon May 23, 2016, 04:06 PM May 2016

Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat 'Medicare-for-All' in Colorado

Pro-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."



(5,737 posts)
2. HRC has a bit of history with healthcare for all. More than the authors of that story for sure
Mon May 23, 2016, 04:09 PM
May 2016

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.



(960 posts)
4. Wow, I guess people in the rest of the industrialized world have waited to get single payer
Mon May 23, 2016, 06:04 PM
May 2016

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.


rhett o rick

(55,981 posts)
3. An important point here is that the Clinton Establishment Democrats sided with the Republicons.
Mon May 23, 2016, 05:52 PM
May 2016

That's what happened with the IWar vote. If she gets to be president, expect to see a lot of that headline.

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