When the rest of the nation goes to the polls in November, residents of Colorado will vote on Amendment 69. If it passes, they will give a government body called ColoradoCare virtually complete control over all health care in the state.
Complete control? Yes, complete. For all practical purposes employees will no longer have access to the employer health care plans they have been enjoying. Seniors will soon find out that Medicare no longer functions the way it used to. Low-income families will discover the same is true for Medicaid.
In fact, in a real sense, everyone will be in the same system regardless of whether they are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. They will pay the same prices, face the same treatment guidelines, and endure the same shortages.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
|Linda Gorman is the Director of Heath Care Policy at The Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?