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Amendment 63 looks to capitalize on health care controversy

Nancy Lofholm
The Denver Post

Backers of Amendment 63, which would change Colorado’s constitution to make health care choice a right, hope voters in an anti-big-government mood will see the initiative that way and vote “yes.”

Opponents are counting on amendment-weary voters’ taking a closer look and rejecting an amendment that they view as so murky in its wording that it would set off a flurry of lawsuits and would ultimately increase costs for all Coloradans.

Amendment 63 is designed to diminish the effects of federal health care reform in Colorado by prohibiting any mandates that require people to have health insurance. It would nix penalties for not being enrolled in an insurance plan, and it would preserve the right of patients to make direct

payments to their health care providers.

Opponents warn that the health care choice measure would create a haphazard health care system. It would open the door to dangerous and unintended consequences such as changes in the oversight of medical practices. Costs would increase for those who are already insured and there would be no relief for the 750,000 Coloradans without health insurance, they say.

Read more: Amendment 63 looks to capitalize on health care controversy – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_16323618#ixzz12NQHeHxV

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