In Colorado, public-option sales pitch hides higher costs

By Simon Lomax | The Center Square

If you follow national politics, you’ve heard a lot about the so-called public option in the Democratic presidential primary. It’s a government-controlled health plan designed to undercut private insurance.

Most discussion of the public option is focused on the federal government, but in Colorado, a state version is being pushed too. It could get a vote in the state legislature within weeks.

Supporters say the public option is easier to sell to voters than single-payer health care, because it would abolish private health care coverage over time, not immediately. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, for example, says the public option would create “a very natural glide path to a single-payer environment.”

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