4 reasons Colorado can’t afford Amendment 69

Come November, voters in Colorado will cast their ballots on an initiative that, if passed, would create a universal, statewide, single-payer health care system.

There’s much wrong with this plan, known as Amendment 69, including the fact it resembles a single-payer health care system proposition that failed in Vermont.

State officials would appoint an interim Board of Trustees to implement the plan, giving these folks all kinds of say over your health care decision.

The good folks at No on Amendment 69 lay out four good reasons not to support the initiative:

1. It would impose $25 billion in new taxes — a figure that almost doubles the state budget. All Coloradans would pay into the system, giving Colorado the highest income taxes in the nation.

2. Also known as ColoradoCare, the initiative would be run by a 21-member Board of Trustees which would be exempt from recall and have no accountability to the governor or legislature. The board will be responsible for running a new $38 billion entity. Decisions about our health care are too important to leave to inexperienced, unaccountable politicians.

3. This is yet another complex and costly amendment to our state’s constitution. And because this policy is embedded in our constitution it would be difficult to amend or change in the future. It is irresponsible to put another complex amendment into our state’s constitution.

4. One state, tiny Vermont, led by a pro-single-payer governor, tried this. He abandoned the plan after it was clear it would bust the state budget and be too complicated for one state to administer. Coloradans should not have to risk their health care, their income, and our economic future, on a risky experiment that has never been implemented anywhere before.

Employers and their employees should be allowed to make decisions about the health care coverage that makes the most sense to them. We don’t need an unaccountable government bureaucrat to make those decisions for us.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.