Colorado Reaches for the Goal of Obamacare

The goal of Obamacare is reached by making healthcare less affordable.

Economic ignorance, political superstition, and engineered desperation have reached a predictable endgame in Colorado. The Denver Post reports, “Colorado to vote on single-payer state health-care system.”

Colorado voters will decide next year whether this state should be the first to pay for comprehensive health care for residents.

Proponents of a single-payer state system gathered enough signatures to put ColoradoCare on the ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Monday.

They needed 98,492 valid signatures to put a state-governed health care system to a vote. After reviewing a 5 percent sample of the 158,831 signatures submitted, the secretary of state projected that the valid total would be 110 percent of the number required — and certified that Initiative 20, the “State Health Care System,” will be on the 2016 ballot.

Residents would choose their own health care providers, but ColoradoCare would pay the bills.

The measure is likely to ignite a fiery debate because of the costs involved. Backers estimate ColoradoCare would raise $25 billion a year for health-care costs through a proposed 10 percent payroll tax. Critics decry it as a massive expansion of government that would double the size of the state budget.

This blog has covered time and time again how Obamacare has jacked medical and insurance costs. The rich are rewarded while insurance prices skyrocket for the rest of us.

The government has created this robbery but it is against the popular religious faith to believe that government is ever the source of social problems. As a result, the government has a business model in which it creates problems in order to be given more power to solve the problem.

“A single-payer system would destroy our industry. I don’t think there’s any question about it,” said Byron McCurdy, board president of the Colorado State Association of Health Underwriters.

He said nearly one-fifth of Colorado jobs are associated with the health care industry.

If the initiative passes, “I think we’d have trouble recruiting physicians,” he said, and some hospitals “are fighting just to survive. The money’s got to come from somewhere.”

The proponents’ numbers are “a little pie-in-the-sky,” he said. “I can’t believe you’d have a better health care system. It just doesn’t compute.”

Colorado Hospital Association spokeswoman Cara Welch said the hospitals have not taken a formal position yet, noting that the initiative just qualified for the ballot.

If Colorado passes this, we will all get to see the disaster that results.