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Re: “Colorado voters gambled on pot and TABOR, but will they go for single-payer health care?

Note to Valerie Murphy: what makes you think Medicare is free? Where do you get this idea? There is a monthly premium for Part B and if someone does not have the work history to qualify for Part A they also have to pay a premium for that. On top of that there is an annual deductible and most people also need to purchase a supplemental insurance besides basic Medicare. Then there is Part D and the annual deductible and "donut hole" for drug coverage. Please get your facts correct before you make blanket statements which are totally fictitious.

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Posted by rms on 05/28/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “ColoradoCare explained

I'm curious with the absorption of Medicaid and CHP+ how the rate of matching funds from the Fed would be decided. Currently we have a funds matching system with a 50% rate for Medicaid, 100% funded by feds for the Medicaid expansion population through 2016 to be phased down to 90% through 2020 and beyond, and an 88.50% for CHP+. How would the feds determine how much money they are to give to ColoradoCare in place of these programs?

Posted by Rachel Smith on 05/27/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Gutter politics, street narrowing proposal, abortion, and more

Gentry expresses my opinion to a T. While Lathen professes to be a fiscal conservative and Gaebler is a Hillary acolyte, they are birds of a feather in that both are big defenders of the right of COS developers to do whatever they want with our tax dollars. Both women support building a $300M downtown stadium using sales tax revenue without a vote of the citizens. And Gaebler thinks COS should revisit the BLR annexation issue and give hundreds of millions of dollars to Jenkins for infrastructure, in spite of the fact that last year the Judge ruled saying ALL development costs are the responsibility of the developer. Wasn't building the SDS that cost utility rate payers $1 Billion so that Jenkins would have water for his BLR enough to pay in infrastructure?

It is so very refreshing to read Linda Knight's letter exposing Gaebler's arrogance and disregard for the opinions of people who don't share her POV. The Gazette fawns over this proponent of higher and higher taxes - just as it did over Lathen - quoting her every driveling remark on whatever issue is on Page 1. It's obvious to even the most politically obtuse that Gaebler has been chosen by City Leaders for higher office. And, most importantly for her goal of being a Career Politician, she has the financial backing of her developer cronies. Which is worse - Gaebler as Food Commissioner or Gaebler as Mayor?

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Posted by curious on 05/27/2016 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Pikes Perk, Abuela's Cuban, Fuzzy's Taco Shop

how about reviewing a restaurant worthy of eating at? for several weeks it has been food trucks or other locations not up to snuff. how about reviewing a few locations and having recommendation instead of the drivel you have been posting. thanks!

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Posted by scottwkeller1999 on 05/27/2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Maketa, et al, indicted by grand jury

A friend who graduated high school with Mr. Maketa had nothing good to say about him. From what I've seen of him on TV he comes across as another John Edwards - a slick talking pretty boy narcissist too big for his britches. Time heals all wounds, time wounds all heels. Karma.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/27/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “ColoradoCare explained

What idiot but those board & funding provisions in there? Clearly it wasn't someone who gave any thought to wanting this thing to actually pass.

Posted by Hunter Willis on 05/27/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Maketa, et al, indicted by grand jury

Almost $1 million taxpayer dollars spent on Sheriff's Office Controversy…

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Posted by guruD on 05/27/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Colorado voters gambled on pot and TABOR, but will they go for single-payer health care?

A lot of BS to wade through here but I'll give it a try...
1- the purchase of private health insurance right now is basically mandatory (unless you're content with dying from a treatable health issue)
2- Colorado care does not outlaw private insurance or paying out-of-pocket or restrict getting care elsewhere if that's what you want to do
3- your only valid point
4- while the Colorado care payroll tax is exempt from TABOR because it's revenues are not technically government funds, it still requires voter approval to rise the tax rate just like TABOR requires (section 9p8, you should read the amendment before posting)  and yes 17% of our GDP is spent on Healthcare but Colorado care does not replace all of this, Medicare, Medicaid and the VA systems in the state would be unchanged and they account for almost half of Healthcare spending
5- your PCP should be giving any referrals you need and they aren't government employees. I'm not sure where you got this "gatekeeper" notion the ammendment says that you'll be free to utilize any doctor licensed in the state.

6-  yes this is VERY business friendly! Do you have any idea how much time and cost goes into providing health coverage for employees?  Every compny in the state negotiating with many different providers every single year?  This will alow them to get out of that mess, and allow businesses in Colorado to focus on what they actually do for their business, it's not a government intrusion into business practices at all in fact it's the exact opposite.  Colorado care yes estimates that city govs will save $177 million and county govs $84 million, including $11 mill for co springs, money that can be better invested in services or returned to tax payers. It's reasonable to expect private business in the state will see similar savings, this would be a very major selling point to businesses looking to expand into the state.

7- since when are illegal immigrants allowed to vote?

7 part two- in most cases this is true because competing providors are much better at providing services.  Our "private" Healthcare system however is anything but a free market. The fact that most have Insurance coverage removes any incentive to save money since the patient doesn't pay directly. Each insurance pool is just a mini socialist Healthcare system except that they must answer to shareholders instead of patients. Also because the majority of us get coverage through our employer we dont even have a choice in which mini socialist Healthcare system we want to join so there isn't even that  competition.  insurance companies don't care about us because we aren't their customers, they sell to employers.  Furthermore Colorado care isn't even a government run system anyway since the legislature has no influence over the elected board of trustees, it's a tax funded publicly owned co-op.

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Posted by the un-Valarie Murphy on 05/27/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Maketa, et al, indicted by grand jury

A trifecta .....

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Posted by actionjackson on 05/27/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Maketa, et al, indicted by grand jury

Whom the gods would destroy they would first make mad with power.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 05/27/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “A farewell to the Ancient Mariner

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Posted by Lorraine Braun on 05/27/2016 at 1:00 AM

Re: “These are the good old days

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Posted by Lorraine Braun on 05/27/2016 at 12:58 AM

Re: “These are the good old days

ok City Sage-

This column is a bit better. At least you mentioned our need for a street-car, trolley system.

You're dang right about looking back on 2016 as the time things changed. Also about us possibly regretting we didn't think through the change properly.

As for a third of a million annual visitors for the olympic museum? isn't that around a thousand people daily? let's be real... Jesse Owens dirty socks won't draw much of a crowd- the olympic museum is a losing idea.
Let's hope we don't have a minor league stadium downtown as well.

Otherwise yea- COS is part of the sprawling Denver Metro area and we're going to see rocket style growth, little doubt.

We are a "sport" city? let's embrace our part of it. Where are the x-games in COS? We have memorial park's skateboarding park- we have incredible climbing and mountain biking----why are we focusing on a sport like baseball?

And for where you might sell your home to move- well New Mexico has a lot more to offer than Las Vegas. Try Chama.

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Posted by KyleJS on 05/27/2016 at 12:09 AM

Re: “ColoradoCare explained

And how would would healthcare providers be reimbursed and at what precentage?

Posted by Bgroovy on 05/27/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “10-year-old is seizure-free after one year of cannabis oil

Dear people, My father has been using RSO Cannabis oil now for 3 months. we are cheering already thanks to Rick for providing us with the oil – because of all the things we went through in the last five years – we saw hope once more and his situation has improved!He has no CANCER ANY MORE. My father is less weak and has more energy – his posture isn’t “cramped” anymore- he is much more positive and no longer stressed: he has hope again! He talks about the news, television etc and is not “locked into himself” anymore – he laughed again and even made some jokes!!! Thanks to Rick for putting a smile in my families face. Contact him via email: for your own cure today.!!! God bless you Rick

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Posted by Lva Kula Maigonis on 05/26/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Legal opinion released; Zoo urges approval of land swap

There were plenty of public meetings. The plan changed considerably from the beginning due to citizen's comments. Everything has been up front. No one hid anything. The PARK DEPARTMENT got what it wanted. The city went to the Broadmoor because they want to complete the Chamberlain Trail. The city cannot afford to do the maintenance and work needed for that piece of property. It will be better cared for and much nicer when all the work is completed.

It's sad the Save Cheyenne group is looking to sue and making the city spent thousands of our tax dollars in court. The only one that will come out ahead is Bill Lewis, their attorney. A better use of the money they have would be to put it in a Master Plan and work with the Broadmoor on a Master Plan for Strawberry Fields.

Posted by sandmarc on 05/26/2016 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Legal opinion released; Zoo urges approval of land swap

Would be nice if the photo with this piece was correct. That's Bear Creek Park, not the 8.6 acres included in the swap.

Posted by sandmarc on 05/26/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Land swap approved by 6-3 vote

There is an error in the article. The Broadmoor has stated they do not plan on fencing off the 8.5 acres and hope people will be respectful of the property and not trespass.

Posted by sandmarc on 05/26/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward endorses VanderWerf

Not being a 501 (C) 3 but being one tired of 'Clark-Clones' and party establishment endorsed candidates, one might consider a non-aligned woman with critical thinking skills for a seat on the commissioner board which has been decades without a fresh thought or solution.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/26/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Colorado voters gambled on pot and TABOR, but will they go for single-payer health care?

1. This is a MANDATORY tax of $25 BILLION with MANDATORY participation.

2. Every resident including illegals and those who work under the table for cash will get “free” health care. Oh, and forget Sloan Kettering or MD Anderson. You will not be allowed to go anywhere without government permission.

3. Expect a huge increase in utilization. Adjusted for age and health, Medicare has a 50% higher utilization rate because it’s all “free.” Where will Colorado get all the doctors? Foreign countries?

4. Affordable? With medical costs running 17% of GDP, there is no way these people will run this scheme for ten percent of incomes. Since they won’t be limited by TABOR, once they get you, they will be able to raise the tax to whatever they want. Expect their cronies to get wealthy.

5 You may be allowed to choose a PCP. You will not be able to see a specialist without your government gatekeeper’s permission. Again, forget any specialized cancer center. That means you will not choose the heart surgeon who cuts you open.

6. Business friendly? Business friendly means keeping the government nose out of business decisions.

7. Every illegal and everyone who has never paid a dime into this mess will be able to vote on who runs it.

7. Government is never efficient and never saves money. Government is all about cronyism. In this case, it is leftist cronies, many from Boulder.
"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." Kruschev

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Posted by Valarie Murphy on 05/26/2016 at 9:50 AM

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