DeGette misrepresents Colorado health care choice initiative

In the 9 News article reporting that 130,000 signatures for the Colorado Right to Health Care Choice Initiative (Colorado Amendment 63) were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office, Rep. Diana DeGette has an strange interpretation of the Initiative’s content:

It’s hard to imagine that there are too many Colorado seniors who don’t want the Medicare donut hole closed, parents who don’t want their children to have coverage as young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions who don’t want to finally get insurance or families and small business owners who aren’t interested in actually being able to afford coverage. … But if there are, it’s certainly his right to try and find them.

The text of the Colorado Right to Health Care Choice Initiative focuses on mandatory insurance:

… no statute, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or enforced by the state of Colorado, its departments and agencies, independently or at the instance of the United States shall: (a) require any person directly or indirectly to participate in any public or private health insurance plan, health coverage plan, health benefit plan, or similar plan …

Maybe I’m missing something, but I do not see how this would affect parts of the health control legislation (HR 3590) passed earlier this year that she mentions above.

For why mandatory insurance is a bad idea, I recommend:

As for what Rep. DeGette mentions:

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  • Guest

    These are reasons why we need Dr. Mike Fallon instead of DeGette.

  • Guest

    These are reasons why we need Dr. Mike Fallon instead of DeGette.

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  • Gwendolyn Luchin

    As a Colradian, I have not bought health insurance for the past 8 years.
    My husband and I have paid cash for every office visit at a discount because we paid cash. We feel that is our right as an American to do so.Why does the government think they will take that right away?
    How can I fight this intrusion of my rights.
    Gwendolyn Luchin
    515 W. Evans
    Pueblo Co. 81004
    co81004@yahoo.com

  • Gwendolyn Luchin

    As a Colradian, I have not bought health insurance for the past 8 years.
    My husband and I have paid cash for every office visit at a discount because we paid cash. We feel that is our right as an American to do so.Why does the government think they will take that right away?
    How can I fight this intrusion of my rights.
    Gwendolyn Luchin
    515 W. Evans
    Pueblo Co. 81004
    co81004@yahoo.com

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  • wakalix

    Thanks for sharing Gwendolyn. You might like Ari Armstrong's post about his experience paying cash:
    http://blog.ariarmstrong.com/2010/04/keep-pushi…

    You ask “How can I fight this intrusion of my rights.” Well, there is a “donate” button on the top-right corner of this blog. :)

    You also write letters to the editor, write your Representatives, and tell people what you know about Colorado Amendment 63, the Right to Health Care Choice Initiative.

  • wakalix

    Thanks for sharing Gwendolyn. You might like Ari Armstrong's post about his experience paying cash:
    http://blog.ariarmstrong.com/2010/04/keep-pushing-for-health-savings.html

    You ask “How can I fight this intrusion of my rights.” Well, there is a “donate” button on the top-right corner of this blog. :)

    You also write letters to the editor, write your Representatives, and tell people what you know about Colorado Amendment 63, the Right to Health Care Choice Initiative.