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Colorado Libertarians Message Board › Colorado Libertarian Platform on Health Care ?

Colorado Libertarian Platform on Health Care ?

Dave B.
user 2672605
Denver, CO
Post #: 2
Is there a Colorado Libertarian Platform position on Health Care that we can link to? I found a national position, but not one for the State of Colorado. We are surveying all Colorado Candidates about their positions on Single-Payer Universal Health Care and I thought that it would be nice to include the state platform position for each party with candidates. See: http://healthcarefora...­

Also, if there are Libertarian US Senate, US House or Colorado Assembly candidates we have sent surveys to everyone on the Colorado Secretary of State Election Commission's list (see link above).

Thanks.
Dave
Jim F.
user 3520348
Denver, CO
Post #: 114
Dave,

Thanks for dropping by the Libertarian meetup.

The Colorado LP platform is at:

http://www.lpcolorado...­

You can click on or scroll down to "Health Care Mandates".

I'll be running for HD 42.

Yes, I have received your questionaire and will be submitting it in the next month.

Jim Frye
A former member
Post #: 67
Here is the Colorado Libertarian Platform position on Health Care:

Health Care Mandates

The Issue:
Health care and health insurance are becoming more expensive. Government mandates on health care workers, on institutions, and on insurers have multiplied costs and restricted the supply of health care. Further, some in government are advocating "universal" health care, in which government dictates the terms of health care for consumers, employers, and providers.

The Principle:
A free and open marketplace is an essential element of a free society. Competition in all sectors, including health care and health insurance, provides for better service at more affordable prices. Personal health care choice is an essential aspect of individual and family freedom. Government mandates specifying levels of coverage and restricting competition is a form of corporatism, which is antithetical to a free society.

The Solution:
All mandates requiring health insurers to cover specific services or types of providers should be repealed. There are currently 46 such mandates codified in CRS 10-16-104. Ending these mandates could drop health insurance costs by as much as one third (using the median cost estimates for Colorado in the "Health Insurance Mandates in the States 2007" study by The Council for Affordable Health Insurance.
Jim F.
user 3520348
Denver, CO
Post #: 118
Note the following article that appeared in the Rocky Mountain News on June 10th.

http://www.rockymount...­

This will give you a preview of how mismanaged a government run Single Payer Universal Health Care system would probably be.

Following is some info from the article:

"The state program that delivers health care to more than 53,500 needy children and pregnant women is in administrative disarray, state auditors said Monday."

"The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which oversees the program, has no controls to detect fraud and abuse in the 64 county offices that perform most of the task of enrolling patients, the report found."

"Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, said she was "distressed" by the report.
She cited a lack of communication among the counties and various private contractors
that operate the program." "It seems like kind of a mess," said Primavera, who has worked in health care administration.'
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