Single-Payer Healthcare - A Prescription for Disaster

Americans for Prosperity-Colorado issued an open letter to United States Senators [mc_name name=’Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000562′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001267′ ] calling on them to tell the people of Colorado where they stand on Amendment 69, the ballot initiative that would do away with all private insurance and transform healthcare in the state into a government-run single-payer system.

Copies of the open letters are available here and here.

Americans for Prosperity-Colorado State Director Michael Fields asserts, “Amendment 69 is a prescription for disaster – an exercise in political malpractice that will result in fewer health care choices and billions in higher taxes. With Obamacare, we gave big government healthcare a try, but evidence mounts everyday that it just doesn’t work. Coloradans deserve to know where their leaders stand on this issue that will take away their doctors, shred their healthcare plans, and pass a new 10% payroll tax in the process.”

In a recent opinion piece published in the Pueblo Chieftain, Fields details the disastrous implications of this form of government-mandated healthcare, as evidenced in the:

  • Abandoned single-payer plan in Vermont
  • Out-of-control costs and mismanagement of funds in our own state Obamacare exchange
  • Dramatic lack of service found at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Rationing of care observed in European and Canadian systems to predict the outcome

Coloradans must consider the risks that ColoradoCare would bring with such a sweeping change to our health care system. ColoradoCare proponents insist their single-payer system will solve our Obamacare woes and provide us with a healthy system, yet Fields reveals why all the evidence is stacked against this presumption.

Tim Phillips, President, Americans for Prosperity has stepped in to stand with Colorado against the intrusion of ColoradoCare, stating, “Americans for Prosperity is committed to stand against state-based policies that threaten the well-being of all Americans — like the single-payer healthcare system that will be on the ballot in Colorado in 2016. As evidenced by failed co-ops and excessive cost overruns, government-run healthcare is a proven failure and it defies logic to throw good money after bad through a single-payer system.”