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Re: “Maketa and cohorts face charges including kidnapping

Guru do you honestly think they will be convicted? In this County its highly unlikely they couldnt even get that pervert recalled. His bail for kidnapping is as low or lower then someone with an infraction that hurts no one. If you or I were do the things he has done our bail would have been so high even Trump couldnt afford it. Im surprised a grand jury even got to hear the case. If the State takes over the case maybe but in this County very unlikely. Look at the millions he has already cost the taxpayers he will walk and so will his buddies.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/01/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Maketa and cohorts face charges including kidnapping

WHEN CONVICTED... these folks are sure going to enjoy a stay in the pokey on our tax payer dollars, so I sure hope they can play friendly with the others there- LMAO!!!

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Posted by guruD on 06/01/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Maketa and cohorts face charges including kidnapping

Worst Kept Secret...

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Posted by carolyncathey on 06/01/2016 at 10:18 AM
Posted by Kipper Doug on 05/31/2016 at 5:26 PM

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

Well lets think about this. Employers are right now paying more then 10% for health care so 10% could be a bonus. Could this end workmans comp? After all if all are insured why would another be needed. If thats the case then a shit load of employers are going to flock here. Doctors are having trouble getting paid thats why Obama care was popular with many of them. Guaranteed payment would retain doctors.Wouldnt it? Most insurance companies make deals with the Hospitals and Doctors on the price of procedures so that wouldnt be anything new. Most of the studies are funded by grants through the University so Im not sure they would be effected. I dont know about all thats being dismissed so how about some answers. We got TABOR other States followed we got the pot other States followed this could start a National insurance that could replace the crap we had before and what Obama care is turning into.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/31/2016 at 3:04 PM

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

This should not pass for two simple reasons:

1. Most businesses will be taxed 10% on their income (i.e. profit) to pay for the business owner's personal health insurance.

Any Colorado business owner can move their business to another state to save tens of thousands of dollars a year on their personal health insurance. And they will.

2. ColoradoCare will only pay up to 145% of Medicare rate, but the base rate is 130%.

Colorado will have the lowest paid specialists and surgeons in the country. Any specialist or surgeon can move to another state to double their income. And they will.

This has to be done at a national level, not a state level. Colorado would lose jobs, tax base, and quality doctors. This is what's known as a death spiral.

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Posted by ConfusionIsNext on 05/31/2016 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Should you vote for ColoradoCare?

Bohdan, the system in the "Great White North", just as in the U.K. and Australian, is an absolute disaster, which is to be expected when you allow the feds to take control of such a vast and complex array of goods and services.

This link is just the tip of the iceberg that sank this "Titanic"-proportioned mess:

http://www.forbes.com/sites#/sites/theapot…

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 05/31/2016 at 4:10 AM

Re: “A conservation easement could settle some land-swap issues, but it's complicated

Not sure where to post this question, so I am randomly placing it here.

Do we know whether funds for park maintenance have gone un-used? If so, then we need to hold our city accountable before the next open-space giveaway. Is there an article about this that someone can point me to?

Posted by Elle Ameno on 05/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Should you vote for ColoradoCare?

Many of the fears put up by opponents are answered north of the border in Canada. As a dual citizen who is intimately familiar with OHIP and especially B.C. Health I can unequivocally tell you that no businesses left B.C. or Ontario, doctors did not flee en masse to the US, medical research in Canada is world class and any Canadian making $120k or less loves the system and laughs at the prospect of trading theirs for ours. As for doctors in Canada, according to CBC TV, the average doctors salary is $235,000.
As for me, the system works brilliantly!

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Posted by Bohdan Martynovich on 05/29/2016 at 10:35 PM

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

ColoradoCare? Ummmmmmmmm. Bring it.

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Posted by 1124victor on 05/29/2016 at 10:41 AM

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: “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: “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: “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: “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.
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"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

Re: “Properties acquired for SDS 13 years ago will be on sale in 2017

Pam,

Thanks for the update. several of the land parcels without homes need to be added to Corral Bluffs Open Space.

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Posted by What's the Word? on 05/26/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Properties acquired for SDS 13 years ago will be on sale in 2017

Don't you just love paying your CSU bill? CSU loves telling us how much under budget SDS is! CSU must have some very accurate cost forecasters!

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Posted by CapitalistPig on 05/26/2016 at 9:34 AM

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

I personally spent the night in a committee hearing of the house this last session. By the time they took up our bill at 3 in the morning [a tactic used to hope we would leave] I was thoroughly convinced that the legislature is for special interests and wealthy lobbyist. It is a joke for the voice of the commoner. The ballot initiative is all we have left for sensible government for everyone. And it is not easy to get an initiative on the ballot either. Only TABOR was accomplished by a quasi grass roots campain; all other successful campaigns paid for their signatures. Democracy is defined by a majority and I distinctly remember my math teacher, Fr. Krieger, teaching us that anything above 50% is a majority, not 55%. I will work hard against these campaigns so that Coloradans have a seat at the table of our laws.

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Posted by Peter Coulter on 05/26/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Should you vote for ColoradoCare?

Great job Stanley. Your piece was thorough, articulate and chalk full of facts.

Stanley's article shows fully that Coloradocare is well developed and has a very good possibility to improve our health care system. But what struck me most was the opponents opposition.

They don't disagree with the facts instead they ring their hands and worry that their special interest may be hurt. Business MAY leave. Biotech MAY be hurt. You know what they may not. Anyway, we are left to wonder who are these weak kneed owners who will leave the state at the first sign of paying less for health insurance, a fact the chamber always glosses over.

And if we first build a system that covers everyone, saves us billions and shows the rest of the country how practical and thoughtful Coloradans are then I am willing to gamble with biotech's profit margins. Good grief

Coloradocare was designed byColoradans for Coloradans. Check it out at coloradocare.org

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Posted by Saliscente on 05/25/2016 at 9:20 PM

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