Colorado lawmakers consider support for single payer
DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are considering a resolution urging Congress to back a single payer health care plan.
The resolution being considered Monday by the Legislature’s Health Care Task Force says the current system is “fragmented, costly, bureaucratic and administratively wasteful.”
The resolution is not legally binding. Lawmakers say they hope to persuade President Barack Obama and Congress to allow Colorado to provide a single-payer system to help protect 45 million uninsured Americans.
One proposal in Congress would establish a program to provide all people in the United States with free health care through a publicly financed but privately delivered system.
It would be paid for by raising taxes on the top 5 percent of income earners; instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income; and taxing stock and bond transactions, among other revenue sources.
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