The Daily Kos, May 6, 2016
Medicare for all will happen only when the people rise up and make it happen. Polls show that the majority of Americans want the same access to universal health care that the rest of the industrial world enjoys. Yet big medicine controls the Washington establishment. Washington is so protective of big medicine that states may be our best hope for change. So, in Colorado, we’ve moved the battle away from Washington. In November, Colorado voters can decide to create a program like Medicare for all Coloradans by voting for ColoradoCare, Amendment 69.
After eight years of preparation by economists, policy experts, and legislative staff showed that ColoradoCare is a plan that works, the political establishment would not even allow the Colorado Legislature to vote on it. Independent-minded Coloradans would not be stopped and gathered 158,831 petition signatures to put the question back into the hands of the voters.
Colorado has designed a plan that can succeed and spread.
Even opponents agree that if ColoradoCare wins in November, it could mark the beginning of the end for the insurance industry profiteers. That’s why opponents nationally are targeting Colorado for the showdown. If Coloradans choose this Medicare for all-like system, the national movement for single payer will be energized by the victory. Other states will follow.