Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Amendment 69
I am writing in support of Amendment 69. As radical as it sounds, it is an idea whose time has come. It is born out of frustration with our federal government having lost its way, with our government having become one dedicated to profit and power vs. one that is dedicated to serving the welfare of its citizens. Instead of showing the world a grand experiment in democracy, it has become a colossal example of self-serving, profit and power. This is not an indictment of the many well-meaning elected representatives there are, but they are grossly out-numbered. And, too often, out-maneuvered. When our government does not do its job, it is time for the states to take over what they can.
Amendment 69 proposes a brilliant solution to the mess that healthcare is now. It will provide truly accessible and affordable health care for every individual whose primary residence is Colorado. It will lead the way for other states to do the same.
In line with my support of Amendment 69, I recommend for readers an article by futurist Stephan A. Schwartz, “The Wellness Theorem: A Test of the Hypothesis.” Many of Vail Daily readers may have heard Schwartz give a TED Talk at Beaver Creek on the “8 Laws of Change,” or at the Vail Symposium on “Opening to the Infinite.” In this article he compares the outcome data of wellness-oriented social policies to the outcome data of profit as first priority policies. An online link to the article is at the end of this letter.
When I first encountered Stephan at his 2013 Vail Symposium talk, “Opening to the Infinite,” his first words were, “I’m a data guy.” I thought to myself, “Oh heck, this is going to be a snooze,” thinking it would be all about numbers and more numbers, sort of accountant style, or math textbook style — cold and impersonal. His talk was riveting and amazing. He is an interesting and bright person who collects data that exposes what is happening, where it is leading, and what unknown capacities exist within humans and all of nature that can bring about the best possible outcomes now and in the future.
Help Colorado be a leader by voting for Amendment 69.
Link to Schwartz article: https://goo.gl/MdmzLY
Mary Lamb Lucas