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Colorado Could Create First State-Run Single-Payer Health Care System

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Colorado has been a trailblazer in the legalization of marijuana, and now the state is looking to break new ground in health care. Next year Coloradans will vote on whether to become the first state to set up a single-payer system similar to Medicare. The move would mean opting out of ObamaCare, reports The Guardian. No state currently has free statewide healthcare. But Colorado’s secretary of state announced this week that a single-payer healthcare system had submitted enough signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

If passed, the program known as ColoradoCare would create a single-payer system to provide health coverage for all residents of Colorado.

ColoradoCare would be paid for through a mix of federal Obamacare and Medicaid funding, as well as a 10% payroll tax increase.