DENVER (CBS4) – A large majority of Coloradans aren’t ready for a single-payer health care system.

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Amendment 69, or ColoradoCare, was rejected by voters by a margin of 80 percent to 20 percent. It would have created the first such system in the country.

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If it had passed, Colorado would have opted out of the Affordable Care Act and replaced it with a health care plan paid for by a payroll tax.

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Employers would have had to pay a new tax of about 7 percent of workers’ wages. Employees would have had a payroll tax of about 3 percent. There would have been no deductibles or co-pays. The funds would have be transferred into a separate authority run by an elected board of directors.

Comments (2)
  1. Wow. Though I haven’t followed this closely, I’m shocked this occurred in liberal CO. Especially, by such a large margin.

  2. I guess it would be unreasonable to expect that a TV station that benefitted from the massive advertising campaign funded by the insurance companies would mention that the campaign for Amendment 69 was literally crushed by the roughly 12:1 ratio of that negative advertising.

    ColoradoCare didn’t die because it was a bad plan. It died because the drug and insurance companies will simply toss in any amount of money needed to prevent reform of a system that gives them huge profits, even as it leaves over a million Coloradans unable to afford the healthcare they need.