Colorado House kills study of single-payer health care |

Colorado House kills study of single-payer health care

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” The Colorado House has killed a bill that would have set the stage for a single-payer health care system.

State Rep. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, said Wednesday he asked his colleagues to kill the bill because he didn’t have the votes to pass it.

Kefalas said the bill was introduced to help an estimated 800,000 people in Colorado who have no health insurance, and thousands more who have insufficient health care coverage.

The bill would have established a health care authority with a 23-member board of directors to create a system in Colorado that would be the administrator and payer for health care services.

The initial costs, estimated at more than $1.4 million over the next two years, would have been paid with gifts, grants and donations.

Kefalas said he plans continue working for universal health care coverage and may try again to pass it next year.

“The progress (we) made demonstrated broad agreement about the need for meaningful health care reform that guarantees quality, affordable care for all Coloradans, and we will continue to move forward until universal coverage is a reality for Colorado,” Kefalas said.

He said more than a third of Coloradans delay or forego needed care because they cannot afford it, and an estimated 360 Coloradans are dying every year because they don’t have the health coverage they need.

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