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.