Summit Daily letters: ColoradoCare not the health care solution
September 10, 2016
One year ago my family and I made the move to Breckenridge. Our move was possible, in part, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a self-employed consultant, my family and I had been dependent upon health insurance through my husband's employer. Without it, insurance in the open market was unaffordable and there were no protections to prevent insurance companies from denying us coverage based on a pre-existing condition or taking our coverage away. Once we could obtain coverage through the health insurance marketplace, my husband left his job and we moved to Breckenridge.
The ACA has been plagued with setbacks, including the failure of insurance cooperatives in states across the country, including Colorado. The ACA needs work. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have voted at least 60 times to repeal the ACA, holding the law hostage to improvements. Rather than supporting an untested single-payer health insurance scheme in Colorado, I'd like to see what Congress could do to improve the ACA, but that means electing more Democrats to Congress and keeping a Democrat in the Oval Office.
I am underwhelmed by the details offered in Amendment 69, including the lack of detail about how health care quality and outcomes will be evaluated and how timely patient access to specialized care will be guaranteed.
Ms. Susan Knopf's passion for affordable care is apparent in her September 6 opinion piece, but I hope readers will cast an informed vote on election day after seeking fair and balanced information about single-payer insurance from health policy thought leaders.
Single payer health care in Colorado will not magically solve the high cost of health care. I will be voting NO on Amendment 69 and instead will support Democrats who will work to improve the ACA for Coloradans and all Americans.
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