Coloradans Can’t Afford The State Government Option

Protect Colorado’s Health Care

Colorado’s state government option would put politicians in control of Coloradans’ health care, hurt our economy, threaten jobs and destabilize the employer-provided health coverage millions of Coloradans rely on. Let’s build on what’s working and fix what’s broken – not force Coloradans into a new government-controlled health insurance system.

The Facts:

The state government option would shift $1.5 billion in costs over five years onto Coloradans with employer-provided coverage – forcing them to pay for the system while driving up the costs of their own care. (Colorado Hospital Association, 10/28/19)

The state government option would threaten access to critical care for Coloradans in rural or partially rural counties that are medically underserved: 69% of the entire state. Up to 13 rural hospitals could be forced to close, and costs would rise for already-struggling rural facilities. (REMI Partnership, 9/10/19)

The state government option would mean serious consequences for Colorado’s economy, workforce and communities – putting up to 8,300 jobs across the state at risk. (REMI Partnership, 9/10/19)

There is no successful state option anywhere in the United States. An unproven government-controlled health insurance system would threaten Coloradans’ choice of coverage and care. (Wall Street Journal, 11/5/19)

The Truth:

Every Coloradan deserves access to affordable, quality health care. But a state government option puts politicians in control of our health care decisions instead of patients, doctors and nurses.

A state government option means most Coloradans would have to pay more to wait longer for worse care. It would artificially lower premiums by cutting payments to doctors and hospitals, increasing costs for the majority of Coloradans with employer-provided coverage, and significantly limiting access to care for Coloradans in rural communities.

The state government option is not designed to compete with private insurance plans. It’s designed to force as many Coloradans as possible into a new government-controlled health insurance system over time. It would shift $1.5 billion in costs to those with private insurance and studies show similar systems could force rural hospitals, serving thousands of Coloradans, to close.

It’s time to build on what’s working and fix what’s broken – not force Coloradans into a new government-controlled insurance system.

Protect Colorado’s Care. Stop The State Government Option Today.

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