Tuesday’s election was, thankfully, about much more than finding a new U.S. president, though the majority of the electorate shocked the pundits by electing Donald Trump to occupy the White House for the next four years. It was an ugly, contentious campaign, so let’s now turn our attention to healthcare in the name of our sanity.
Beyond efforts to legalize recreational use of cbd cigarettes and raise taxes on cigarettes and soft drinks in multiple states, several jurisdictions had ballot initiatives that could fundamentally change aspects of the healthcare delivery system.
Colorado: Single-payer health insurance
In Colorado, voters overwhelmingly rejected Amendment 69, a ballot initiative that would have set up a single-payer system called ColoradoCare. At 11:30 pm Mountain time Tuesday, 68 percent of precincts had reported, and 80 percent of votes counted were against the measure.
According to the Colorado Independent, the amendment would have taxed employees, employers and income from capital gains and other nonwage sources. That revenue was to fund a statewide healthcare plan called ColoradoCare.
Predictably, the measure had powerful opponents in the business community — especially from commercial insurers, who would have effectively been put out of business in the state. But that wasn’t the only reason for the resounding defeat.