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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011

By Chris Gibbar | Letters, The Coloradoan
Medicare is less expensive to administer than private programs. Yet this wildly popular program is under attack. The Democratic Obama administration has offered to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, and Republicans in Congress are making serious attempts to privatize not only Medicare but Social Security. Both parties are failing the American people.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ann Molison | Letters | The Coloradoan
Rep. Cory Gardner wants us to have vouchers to pay for our health care. This would end Medicare as we know it and would decrease the quality of medicine for everyone. I propose we do something that would save money, provide health care for everyone and create a more competitive opportunity for all businesses, especially small businesses and those in the manufacturing sector.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By Kathryn Corazzelli | Summit (Colo.) Daily News
The reason Dr. Margaret Flowers works full-time to advocate a universal, single-payer health care model, she told a packed room Thursday, is because she wasn't able to provide the quality of care she wanted to as a pediatrician. Flowers said she was pressured to see more patients in less time, and had to compromise her integrity by not being fully honest to insurance companies about patient problems.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By NCBR staff | Northern Colorado Business Report
Even as a bill that would create health insurance exchanges for Colorado is set for a crucial vote on Wednesday morning, Margaret Flowers, M.D., is bringing the case for a single-payer health care system to the state.

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011

By Susan Dugan | Washington Park (Colo.) Profile
Health care activist Roya Brown views health care as a basic human right. Drawn first to Health Care for All Colorado, Brown recently founded Young HCAC, whose mission is to “get young people involved in educating, mobilizing and agitating ... to get mad about what is going on.”

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Doug Whitman, M.D. | The Coloradoan, Jan. 3, 2011
In the United States, we do have the finest nurses, physicians and technology in the world. The system, however, is far from the finest. Each year in the United States, the system drives 700,000 families to bankruptcy from medical bills (the majority of whom have medical insurance). Every year, the system leaves 50 million people uninsured. Every year, the system allows 45,000 people to die from lack of access to basic medical care.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By Dr. Howie Wolf | Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)
As a family physician that has practiced in Boulder County for 48 years, I feel our inadequate health care system is significantly closer to a "tipping point" than in 2006. I see more patients who are uninsured or underinsured, many due to layoffs in our sluggish economy and the inability of business owners to continue paying exorbitant costs to provide employees with health care benefits.

Posted on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kathlene S. Waller, M.D. | Fort Collins Coloradoan, May 6, 2010
Dear Auntie Em,
As I was just telling Toto a few days ago we're sure not in Kansas anymore. We've noticed that things are very strange when it comes to health-care reform here in the land of Oz.

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010

By Michael Roberts | Denver Westword
Health Care For All Colorado (HCFAC) is behind a "Medicare For All" march co-starring Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Maryland pediatrician who was briefly arrested outside a Baltimore hotel where Obama was speaking while advocating for the issue.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

By LORETTA SWORD | The Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.)
Proponents of a national health plan are disappointed that bills that emerged last year from the U.S. Senate and House didn't include a national health plan.

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

BY PAT FERRIER | Fort Collins Coloradoan
T.R. Reid is uncharacteristically angry. He's angry the richest country in the world cannot provide efficient, affordable health care to all its residents. He's angry the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th for the cost, quality and coverage of its health-care system.

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009

By Louis Balizet, M.D.
"Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it." So said Will Rogers about the weather, but he may as well have been referring to our health care system -- roundly decried, but still intact. Finally, however, on both state and national levels, well designed plans have emerged to replace our current wasteful chaotic system with the only workable alternative -- a single-payer, tax-financed system that eliminates private health insurance, provides universal coverage, and introduces adult supervision (centralized planning). Like the majority of American physicians, I feel that "medicare for all" is long overdue.

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008

By Tom Linnell, EdD | The Coloradoan
I am starting to see why all of us - liberals, conservatives and independents - might really like single-payer health insurance.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2008

by Michele Swenson | Board Member, Health Care for All Colorado
Five proposals were selected to be evaluated by the Lewin Group, including an additional proposal written by a subcommittee of the Commission. The Colorado Health Services Single Payer Proposal is the only reform proposal that demonstrated any savings for the state -- $1.4 billion -- and also the only one capable of providing comprehensive health care for all. The Colorado Commission chose to base most of its recommendations on its own (5th) Proposal.

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2007

Steve Pomerance | The Daily Camera
The single-payer approach provides savings from eliminating unnecessary costs that will help to cover the increased level of basic care that currently is simply not provided, so the final societal bill may not increase dramatically, and may even be reduced.

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Janet K. Seeley, M.D., Ph.D | The Coloradoan
The single-payer proposal for Colorado health care reform solves the problem of multiple risk pools and reduces administrative costs by setting up a publicly financed trust fund. Yes, public financing means state health care taxes, but they are more than offset by the savings in current state and federal taxes for public programs, insurance premiums, high copays, deductibles and many out-of-pocket health expenses. For most of us, that would be less expensive than what we spend today.

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007

BY KEVIN DUGGAN | The Coloradoan
"Private, for-profit health insurance served its purpose in the early part of the 20th century, but it is obsolete for the 21st century," said Dr. Kathy Waller, of Fort Collins.

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2007

By David Montero | Rocky Mountain News
There may be five proposals being considered to reform health care in Colorado, but only one seemed to satisfy most of the 150 gathered at the Millennium Hotel on Thursday night. That proposal was the so- called single-payer system.

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2007

By Kathy Waller | The Coloradoan
Let's repeat that for emphasis. The single-payer plan will provide coverage for everyone and save more than a billion dollars for Colorado taxpayers. The other plans cost millions of dollars and still leave hundreds of thousands of people uninsured.

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2007

by Michele Swenson | Colorado Springs Independent
The Colorado Health Services single-payer proposal is the only one of four recently evaluated by the Lewin Group (asked by the state to develop and analyze health-care expansion proposals) projected to save substantial money and insure everyone. Single-payer saves money by eliminating wasteful administrative costs of multiple insurers, and permitting negotiation of bulk rates for pharmaceutical and durable medical goods. Estimated overall net savings is $1.4 billion.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2007

By Kristen Hannum | Rocky Mountain News
Dr. Rocky White of Alamosa was seeing a growing number of patients who were without adequate insurance. The conservative rancher and physician knew many people weren't coming in at all for the preventive care that would keep them healthy. After studying the problem, White decided "Everybody in, nobody out," was the answer to the U.S. health-care crisis. Universal health care, via single-payer financing, brings quality care for far less money per capita in other industrialized countries. Why not here?