Colorado Ballot Measure Would Make It The 1st State With Universal Health Care

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Laura Macias gets a prescription with her son Emiliano Macias at the Denver Health Westside Family Health Center on Oct. 1, 2013 in Denver. (Chris Schneider/Getty Images)

The government announced Monday that premiums for mid-level health plans under the Affordable Care Act will rise by an average of 25 percent next year. That is a rise that is unacceptable for some in Colorado, who are advocating for the approval of Amendment 69, a ballot measure which would make it the first state with universal health care, called ColoradoCare.

In the first part of this story, John Daley of Here & Now contributor Colorado Public Radio reports on how ColoradoCare would work.

In the second part, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson hears two opposing views: one from Kelly Brough, president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, who is voting against, and another from Jeanne Nicholson, a former state senator, who is voting in favor of Amendment 69.


John Daley, health reporter for Colorado Public Radio. He tweets @CODaleyNews.


Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber tweets @DenChamber.

Jeanne Nicholson, former Colorado state senator representing District 16. She tweets @SenNicholson.

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