Richard Watts: Too much control


The 208 commission doesn't want you making your own health decisions

The May 22 article titled "Panel wants a consolidated plan to reform health care" speaks of the Blue Ribbon Commission's picking out four health care reform proposals for closer scrutiny. The commission is choosing to consider only proposals which recommend more government restrictions on consumers, doctors, employers and insurance companies.

On the 208 Commission's chosen menu of coercive measures are forcing individuals to buy health insurance, forcing employers to buy health insurance for employees, an enormous expansion of Medicaid and forcing every person in Colorado into a state-run health care system.

The "consolidated plan" which the 208 Commission is creating will contain some combination of these elements. That plan would destroy your choice of how much of your money you spend on health care, which providers you go to and which treatments you get. It is your right to freely make your own decisions in these matters.

But the 208 Commission thinks it knows best. The commission's chairman voices concern that TABOR could require the issue to go before the voters - the commission does not want you making your health decisions for yourself, and they worry you will reject their plan for socialized medicine if you are allowed to choose.

To learn more about how government control of medicine wipes out your choices, and to learn about the free market remedy, visit

Richard Watts



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