The Town of Jamestown, Colo. has joined the cities of Los Angeles, Tucson, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Tampa in declaring that health care is a human right.
On Jan. 13, Jamestown’s six-member Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in support of state or national universal health care legislation like improved Medicare for All.
The latest in a growing wave of endorsements from local governments across the U.S., Jamestown’s resolution in support of “Passage of State or Federal Legislation to Provide Simple Guaranteed Quality Health Care for All for Life” takes a stand for the wellbeing of everyone in the small mountain town.
“Jamestown is a classic example of smaller communities in mountain or rural settings facing some of the biggest struggles in health care,” said Rich Shannon, the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care’s statewide coordinator working with Public Citizen’s national Medicare for All Resolutions campaign. “Their people struggle to find access to health providers and face extremely high insurance costs.
“A true universal health care system will pay health care facilities enough to serve every Coloradan,” Shannon said. “Doctors who like to live in small towns will be able to afford to do so.”
Other Colorado communities say they want a health care system that works better for everyone.
Both Crested Butte and Longmont passed resolutions last year urging Gov. Jared Polis, state legislators, and congressional leaders to come up with a model or models for universal health care in Colorado so the public can compare them to how we pay for health care now. (Last year, the Colorado Legislature passed —with bipartisan support— the Health Care Cost Savings Act to compare two forms of universal health care in Colorado to the status quo, a bill the Foundation championed.)
And on Dec. 3, the Fort Collins City Council added language in support of universal health care to their 2020 Legislative Policy Agenda.
Skyrocketing employee health insurance costs devour city, town, county, and school district budgets across America at an alarming rate as health insurance companies — just as they do with corporate and individual plans— jack up the prices on those employee plans while raising deductibles and copays and narrowing provider networks.
Like all Americans, local governments and school districts are paying more and more for health “insurance” and it’s buying them less and less health care.
While folks in their communities go without care or go bankrupt due to health care costs, local leaders feel the squeeze in their work. As health care costs drain public coffers, they hamper local governments’ and school districts’ ability to serve the public good as they are tasked to do, for example by investing in open space or libraries, or hiring teachers, or improving safety.
Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care volunteers and partners including Our Revolution and Democratic Socialists of America lead the Colorado quest in Public Citizen’s national campaign for local resolutions in support or improved Medicare for all.
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