Well, They Were Trailblazers Before…

I never really new much about Colorado before, but I have to say, it is leaving me overall favorably impressed of late. They were one of the first states in the US to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and the rest of the country looked to them and Washington to realize what a smart move that actually was.

This year, they might trailblaze again, as in November they will be voting on the introduction of a single-payer health care system, similar to the Canadian and European models.

A group of more than 2,000 physicians is calling for the establishment of a universal government-run health system in the US, in a paper in the American Journal of Public Health.

According to the proposal released Thursday, the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough in removing barriers to healthcare access. The physicians’ bold plan calls for implementing a single-payer system similar to Canada’s, called the National Health Program, that would guarantee all residents healthcare. 

If the vote passes in November, it will be the first state in the US to finally, finally accept the Universal Health Care model. As I said, they trailblazed once before, and maybe this is their chance to do it again, to demonstrate to the rest of the country that this model simply makes sense.

I’m excited for Colorado. Let’s see what happens


  1. Some Old Programmer says

    As with many of the larger states in the US, Colorado has multiple personalities (NB: I’m speaking as a USian observer, but not a resident). There is a large, cosmopolitan population that generally seems progressive. There is also a strong conservative, especially evangelical Xian, presence.
    Consider Colorado Springs–it’s the home address for a number of organizations like “Focus on the Family” (the bland name being a relic of the 70s and 80s when such groups had the genius idea of using “family” as a code for “no fags”).
    Colorado Springs is also the location of the US Air Force Academy; the USAF and the academy are both notorious for having a problem with evangelical Xians that abuse their positions to promote religion.

  2. kestrel says

    We live in a state bordering CO. When talking to the locals there, they’ve said that there has been a huge influx of people into the state. The rents have all gone sky-high, so we’ve also seen people moving away from CO because they are on a fixed income and can no longer afford to live there. If this new measure passes, I’m sure that trend will continue at least for a little while.

    The other thing for CO is their crime rates have gone down and their income (for the state itself) has gone way up. Somehow this obscure western state is becoming a sort of utopia in the middle of the US.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *