July 31, 2018
July 31, 2018
Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis has been a longtime supporter of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care iystem. Since 2009, he’s co-sponsored two pieces of legislation to grow universal health care, and has been an outspoken advocate on the campaign trail.
What he hasn’t done, is come clean with Coloradans about how much it will cost and how he plans to pay for the expanded health care program.
The Mercatus Center released a report this week that concludes a single-payer health care system will add $33 trillion to the federal deficit in just the first 10 years.
· In 2009, Polis co-sponsored a bill that would have established a nationwide single-payer health care system. The plan would:
“…provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care.”
· In 2017, Polis co-sponsored legislation that would establish a Medicare-for-all program. The bill states that the program would be funded in part:
“…by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income earners…by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income…by instituting a tax on unearned income…by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions.”
Coloradans can connect the dots to figure out that a $33 trillion health care expansion isn’t “free” at all. It will come straight out of our pockets at tax time.