Colorado Patients Lose Under a State Government Option

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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. 

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.

It’s 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.

Coloradans deserve better than a one-size-fits-all new government-controlled health insurance system. Tell your legislator: Let’s build on what’s working and fix what’s broken – not force Coloradans into the state government option.