Health Care Reform: Which way will Colorado go this fall?
What do you think about the Affordable Care Act, the new federal law that puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that are intended to hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs and guarantee more health care choices?
"As of September 23, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to cap coverage, drop policyholders when they actually become sick, or deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions," according to Colorado Consumer Health Initiative executive director Dede de Percin.
"The security in knowing insurance will be there when and if you need it is a big win for consumers."
But will Colorado decide to opt out of other provisions of the national health care reform legislation?
We’ll find out when voters head to the polls this fall to weigh in on Amendment 63.
Amendment 63 proposes that anyone in Colorado has the right to refuse health care coverage, and the state cannot require residents to participate in any public or private health insurance plan.
The backers of Amendment 63 want voters to say “no” to mandatory health coverage for everyone.
Is that the right path for Colorado?
This week on Colorado State of Mind, two notable guests with opposite points of view look at health care reform and this amendment from both sides of the table.
• Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, is the author of Amendment 63 and the force behind the "Right to Health Care Choice initiative."
• T.R. Reid, author of the best-selling “The Healing of America” and correspondent for two PBS Frontline documentary films, “A Second Opinion” and “Sick Around the World,” researched five capitalist democracies that deliver health care to learn from their successes and failures.