Candidate survey reveals Single Payer Improved Medicare for All Champs/ Supporters

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2020 Candidate Survey

Candidate Survey Reveals Single Payer Improved Medicare for All Champions and Supporters

Recently, the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care and Indivisible Colorado’s Health Action Team paired up to invite candidates for office to take a health care finance survey and scored them on their responses. Those who participated and answered questions with the highest level of support for Single Payer Improved Medicare for All (SPIMFA) at both federal and state level scored as Champions (bold print below). The remaining participants who are listed below are supportive of  SPIMFA at the federal and/or state level.

Please note candidates may not appear on this list if they did not participate in the survey. If a candidate who seeks to represent you does not appear on this list, reach out to them and ask about their health care policy position. All candidates know this issue is important to all voters. The following is the list of champion/supportive candidates. FYI, please note the survey itself at the end of the list of candidates. Click the links in the survey to learn more.

United States Senate:

Diana Bray

Lorena Garcia

Andrew Romanoff

Stephanie Rose Spaulding

United States House of Representatives:

CD1 Charlie Winters

CD3 Root Routledge

CD2 Joe Neguse

CD4 Ike McCorkle

CD5 Jillian Freeland

CD 6 Jaimie Kulikowski

Colorado House:

HD 03 Meg Froelich

HD 06 Nathan Adams

HD 06 Steven Woodrow

HD 07 Bernard Douthit

HD 07 Simon Maghakyan

HD 11 Karen McCormick

HD 12 Tracey Bernett

HD 12 Jeff Green

HD 12 Cynthia Martinez

HD 13 Judy Amabile

HD 16 Stephanie Vigil

HD 21 Liz Rosenbaum

HD 22 Gabriel McArthur

HD 29 Amber Hott

HD 33 Amitai Gross

HD 40 Naquetta Ricks

HD 40 John Ronquillo

HD 41 Maya Wheeler

HD 45 Katie Barrett

HD 48 Holly Herson

HD 49 Yara Zokaie

HD 57 Colin Wilhelm

HD 60 Lory Boydston

HD 63 Geneiveve Schneider

Colorado Senate:

SD 10 Randal McCallian

SD 17 John Kelly

SD 17 Sonya Jaquez Lewis (Sponsor HB19-1176)

SD 23 Sally Boccella

SD 31 Maria Orms

SD 35 Carlos Lopez

County Commissioners:

Archuleta, District 1 June Marquez

Boulder, District 1 Claire Levy

Boulder, District 2 Marta Loachamin

Boulder, District 2 Jonathan Singer

Conejos, District 3 Larry Zaragoza

Douglas, District 3 Darien Wilson

Eagle, District 1 Matt Scherr

El Paso, District 3 Kenneth Schauer

Gilpin, District 3 Sandy Hollingsworth

Gilpin, District 1 Ronald Engels

Grand, District 2 Shanna Ganne

Huerfano, District 2 Carl Kennemer

Jefferson, District 2 Andy Kerr

Lake, District 3 Jeffrey Fiedler

Larimer, District 2 Kristin Stephens

Larimer, District 2 William Wright

Larimer, District 3 Kim Akeley Charron

Larimer, District 3 Jody ShadduckMcNally

Larimer, District 3 Karen Stockley

San Miguel, District 3 Kris Holstrom

CU Regent:

District 2 David Gross

District 2 Callie Rennison

State Board of Education:

District 1 Valentina Flores

District 3 Mayling Simpson

RTD Director:

District A Kate Williams

District Attorney

District 2 Beth McCann

Title: Health Care Finance Survey

For the purposes of this survey the following definitions apply:

Single Payer Improved Medicare for All (SPIMFA) ( http://bit.ly/2Sbe4I5 ) is a health care finance system in which the providers are in business for themselves, patients may choose their providers, and premiums are collected through taxes.  Improved Medicare for All means that coverage is expanded to cover more services (such as behavioral health, vision, dental, and hearing coverage), regulate drug prices and eliminate the need for supplemental or gap insurance because deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance are eliminated.  Examples include S.1129 Medicare for All ( http://bit.ly/2GJ2oHk ), sponsored by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and H.R.1384 ( http://bit.ly/2Ues8Dr ), sponsored by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal.

Medicare for Some is a finance system that would provide consumers with a way to buy into Medicare before they turn age 65.  Examples are Medicare X ( http://bit.ly/2uW1ZhY ), Sponsored by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Tim Kaine or Choose Medicare (http://bit.ly/2GNefUF ), sponsored by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Dianne Feinstein, and Jeff Merkley.

For more information and recent news, see the following links/websites: http://bit.ly/2ucvZWW  , https://reut.rs/391GVoW

1)  HB 1176 The Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 ( http://bit.ly/2SfwnvG

passed the Colorado Legislature with bipartisan support. It created a task force to study health care finance systems in order to determine which would be the most cost efficient and equitable way to pay for health care in Colorado.  The report is due Sep 1, 2021. How likely are you to support acting on the evidence the study finds?

a)  Very likely to support acting on the evidence reported by the task force

b)  Somewhat likely to support acting on the evidence reported by the task force

c)  Undecided

d)  Somewhat likely to oppose acting on the evidence reported by the task force

e)  Very likely to oppose acting on the evidence reported by the task force

2)  Warren Buffett said in May 2017, “Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness”. The high cost and complexity of health insurance is a huge burden on American business and leaves them at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace. How likely are you to address this economic and administrative burden on American business by supporting Single Payer Improved Medicare for All which eliminates employer-based insurance?

a)  Very likely to support SPIMFA, thereby eliminating employer-based insurance

b)  Somewhat likely to support SPIMFA, thereby eliminating employer-based insurance

c)  Undecided

d)  Somewhat likely to oppose SPIMFA, thereby eliminating employer-based insurance

e)  Very likely to oppose SPIMFA and eliminating employer-based insurance

3) “Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 2019, there were 22 hospitals in rural Colorado ( http://bit.ly/2vKfpy3 ) operating at a deficit while Denver Metro Area hospitals earned over $2 billion in profits ( http://bit.ly/2GNgeIB ).  A SPIMFA finance system would remove the incentive for profits, which is the main driver behind this inequity between urban and rural hospitals, among other factors (e.g. due to age and race).  SPIMFA would include global budgeting for hospitals and incentives for health care professionals to work in underserved areas. How likely are you to support a SPIMFA finance system designed to address disparities in access to health care in Colorado?

a)  Very likely to support a SPIMFA health care finance system

b)  Somewhat likely to support a SPIMFA health care finance system

c)  Undecided

c)  Somewhat likely to oppose a SPIMFA health care finance system

d) Very likely to oppose SPIMFA health care finance system

4)  Would you support a Colorado state-wide version of Single Payer Improved Medicare for All health care finance system?

a)  Very likely to support

b)  Somewhat likely to support

c)  Undecided

4)  Somewhat likely to oppose

5)  Very likely to oppose

5)  Would you support a national Single Payer Improved Medicare for All health care finance system

a)  Very likely to support

b)  Somewhat likely to support

c)  Undecided

4)  Somewhat likely to oppose

5)  Very likely to oppose

6)  What actions would you take as an elected official to provide simple, affordable health care for all for life?

a)  Support legislation to create Single Payer Improved Medicare for all (SPIMFA) at the state level

b)  Support legislation to create SPIMFA at the national level

c)  Support a local resolution to urge federal officials to create SPIMFA at the national level

d)  Support a local resolution to urge state officials to create SPIMFA at the state level

e)  Support a ballot initiative to create SPIMFA at the state level

f)  Support legislation to regulate insurance companies nationally so that affordable insurance is available to everyone.