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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?