IT Director, Health Care for All Colorado


Nathan Wilkes

Nathan Wilkes

Living in Colorado since 1998 and raising three wonderful children. Got involved in national and state health care reform efforts after the birth of my son in 2003 opened my eyes to the horrors and atrocities of our current US (non-)health care syst

I and my family have always been covered by the best insurance possible, yet we have still been put through hell on a daily basis, facing one private insurance crisis after another and accumulating six-figure medical debt in the process. Despite playing by all the rules, the game is fixed and there is no way to win.

The current system is tragic, unnecessary, and irreparably broken -- and we pay a huge premium (in money, lives, and limitations on society & business) for the privilege of having one of the worst health financing and delivery systems in the world.

It's time to rethink a system based on American ideals of freedom, innovation, and cooperation -- and end the reign of the profiteering middleman in health care that adds absolutely no value and constantly gets in between the care that a patient and provider deem necessary and beneficial. We can create a universal Colorado health care system that offers better care to everyone at a lower cost (over $1.4 Billion per year) without making any sacrifices to the people of Colorado.

If you have a medical need, you should be able to get medical care without the threat of economic ruin.

With everyone in, everyone is covered, and everyone contributes fairly based on their ability to pay. No more need for welfare mechanisms or charity care.

With all providers in, there would be no more insurance-induced network limitations. You can see any doctor in Colorado, and the "free market" influence on competition is based on quality of care.

There are many more reasons why I support HCAC, and I will be blogging on these specific reasons from time to time.

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  • published Healthcare-NOW! 2023 M4A Conference in Calendar 2023-03-10 13:47:02 -0700

    Healthcare-NOW! 2023 Annual Medicare for All Strategy Conference

    Our Medicare for All friends over at Healthcare-NOW! have online registration open for participation in their VIRTUAL/ONLINE Annual Medicare for All Strategy Conference April 17-23, 2023, and Early Bird ticket pricing ($35) is available only through March.  Wait until April and it goes up to $50, so don't wait!

    Email from Healthcare-NOW!:

    Early Bird Registration is Open!

    The annual Medicare for All Strategy Conference is a chance for activists and organizers fighting for Medicare for All across the country to come together, strategize, learn from each other, and build community for the fight ahead!

    Early Bird tickets are on sale now for just $35 -- after March 31, tickets will be available at the regular price of $50 -- so get yours today!

    Note: When you click on the registration link, you will see two green buttons telling you to "Log In" or "Sign Up" before registering. If you've attended our online conferences in the past, you probably already have an existing account and can click "Log In" -- you will have the option of resetting your password if you don't remember it from last time. If you haven't attended one of our past online conferences, you will need to click "Sign Up" to create an account before registering. Not sure? Click on the "Sign Up" button and enter your email address -- the system will prompt you if you already have an account.

    This year's conference, "Everybody In: Racial Equity & Medicare for All," will be focused on centering race in our conversations about healthcare and building the multi-racial healthcare justice movement we need to win Medicare for All. We'll be featuring speakers, workshops, interactive discussions, and more! We are still developing the agenda, but we'll be adding more information to the registration page as we confirm our speakers!

    The conference will take place ONLINE from April 17-23, 2023, and will include a week of evening events followed by a weekend of live workshops. Whether you are an experienced activist or just looking to learn and get involved for the first time, this is the conference for you!

    Have some thoughts about speakers you'd like to see at the conference, topics you'd like to have covered in workshops, or groups we should invite? Feel free to email [email protected] with ideas or to volunteer to help out with the conference!

    In solidarity,

    Ben and Gillian
    Healthcare-NOW staff


    April 17, 2023 at 7:00am - April 23, 2023 at 7:00pm

  • published American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System in Calendar 2023-03-02 20:08:23 -0700

    American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System

    Hospitals_Coming_Soon_TW.pngJoin the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation and its coalition of partners for a screening and discussion of the new provocative documentary American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System. Tickets on sale soon.

    About American Hospitals: 

    Today hospital care is too often about money and power than serving the health needs of patients and the community.  “American Hospitals” examines the pernicious incentives driving health care’s astronomical pricing, its monopolistic practices and the pervasive inequities in access and treatment. The film identifies innovative solutions that deserve national attention to restore hospitals to their historic focus on community health at affordable cost.

    About the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation

    The mission of the HealthCare for all Colorado Foundation is research and education toward achievement of a single-payer, universal health care system for all Americans. Our goal is the implementation of a Public National Health Insurance to finance universal public and private health care delivery.

    April 04, 2023 at 7:00pm
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Sloans Lake
    4255 W Colfax Ave
    Denver, CO 80204
    United States
    Google Map & Directions

  • On Thursday, March 2, 2023, we will join other health care advocates at the Colorado State Capitol to ask them to support HB23-1209.

    We plan to convene in the basement café area in the morning, but to receive any last-minute updates, please complete your RSVP here.  Even if you cannot join in person, volunteer for our Virtual Lobby Team and we'll follow up with more details on how to participate in the process and influence your legislators.

    Be sure to review the "Quick Links" posted earlier, and note that we recently added a community-sourced Talking Points document as well.

  • Save the date — March 10, 2023!

    HB23-1209 is scheduled to be heard in its first committee on March 10th in the House Health & Insurance Committee.

    Stay tuned here for information on how to follow, participate, and provide testimony in support.

    In the meantime, sign on here to show your support for this important legislation!

  • signed Sign Our Petition — YES on 1209! 2023-03-01 20:10:36 -0700

    Sign Our Petition — YES on 1209!

    Our coalition is gathering supporters and endorsers to show broad support for HB23-1209, essential legislation for fully modeling and analyzing universal health care.

    Please sign on here if you think we should have the Colorado School of Public Health conduct a comprehensive analysis of a proposed single payer health care system.

    Add Signature

  • Colorado has had a long history of moving towards universal health care.

    These are some significant dates in that timeline.

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  • Tell Your Legislator!

    On Thursday, March 2, 2023, we will join other health care advocates at the Colorado State Capitol to ask them to support HB23-1209.

    We plan to convene in the basement café area in the morning, but to receive any last-minute updates, please complete your RSVP here.  Even if you cannot join in person, volunteer for our Virtual Lobby Team and we'll follow up with more details on how to participate in the process and influence your legislators.

    Be sure to review the "Quick Links" posted earlier, and note that we recently added a community-sourced Talking Points document as well.

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  • Representative Boesenecker, Representative McCormick, and Senator Jaquez Lewis have introduced a bill this session to authorize a formal study that would fully analyze the impacts of a proposed universal health care system.


    If enacted, the Colorado School of Public Health would conduct a detailed analysis of the feasibility of creating a publicly financed, privately delivered universal health care system in Colorado, including how to equitably finance the system and the economic impacts.  Given that every prior (smaller scale) study has arrived at the same overwhelming conclusion — that universal health care would be overwhelmingly beneficial and billions of dollars cheaper statewide — you can guess who (and how financially loud and wrong) our opposition is going to be.

    This is REALLY BIG and BREAKING NEWS!  Stay tuned here for updates (or make sure you sign up for our email alerts) as we let you know more about what's going on, why we support this, and how you can help!

    Quick Links

    HB23-1209 Latest Bill Versions


  • Agenda

    Monday, June 13, 2022 at 6 pm on zoom


    1. Welcome, Introductions and Check In
    2. Approve Agenda items
    3. Approve May meeting minutes
    4. Approve Financials for April 2022 and any update from Pam Parks including banner, use of funds for projects and contract worker support
    5. Debrief Annual Meeting and International Roundtable-Are there any follow ups?
    6. Debrief One Payer States Conference on May 20 & 21, 2022 in Denver-Are there follow ups? One Click Politics, Dolores Huerta Movie and discussion.
    7. Meeting with Bill Semple and some of the CFUHC Board members for ballot measure. This is an important meeting for a decision. Please read and think through the essentials doc Bill sent us. What questions do you have?
    8. Calendar of events and planning including: Medicare’s birthday celebration, in person reception, HCAC Past Presidents’ Tea, CCHI people’s data, volunteering 1-2 hours per week
    9. Update from Communication Committee—Nathan has been holding daily drop in tech and communication meetings.
    1. Housekeeping and tech items including posting minutes on web page, financials posted, legislative on web page, update web page
    2. Do we want a retreat for planning? HCACF wants to partner more closely.


    Minutes, (prior meeting)

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  • published Colorado Legislation Tracking in Resources 2021-11-08 13:52:58 -0700

    Colorado Legislation Tracking

    Follow our legislation tracking here.  We try to keep up to date during the legislative session, but things move pretty fast.  If you have a question or update you want to see, let us know!

    Last updated: November 2021 (Summary of 2021 Colorado Bills we took positions on or monitored)

    Most Recent Session

    Prior Years

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  • published March 2021 in HCAC Newsletters 2021-03-20 09:24:03 -0600

    HCAC Newsletter March 2021

    March 2021


    The goal of Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) is to
    achieve universal, affordable, 
    accessible, undeniable,
    and portable health care for all Coloradans.
    Flash Alert!

    Our friends over at the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation are kicking off a monthly Town Hall series on health care.  The first one starts momentarily, at 10am MDT today.

    “What’s the Matter with U.S. Health Care?”
    Dr. Rochelle Dworet and Dr. Vince Markovchick

    At 10am, click here to join the Zoom:

     Meeting ID: 871 149 2302
     Passcode: 5dzbd6


    The new Improved Medicare for All bill was introduced earlier this week and now has a bill number.

    H.R. 1976

    THREE of our Colorado Representatives are original cosponsors! Is your Representative on the list? Click here to find out.  If they are, please thank them.  If not, let them know they need to sign on!

    A coalition of national organizations supporting this Medicare for All bill is collecting supporter signatures here:
    Content from our latest Webinar

    At our last Webinar on 3/13, we were treated to an excellent set of presentations from the Co-Chairs of the Colorado Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Cecile Rose and Dr. Rick Bieser.

    Check out this blog entry for links to the webinar video and presentation materials.
    Beware the “Health Care Future”

    If you watch any television at all, you’ve probably seen them.  Advertisements from Orwellian-named front groups attacking Medicare for All at the federal level and the Colorado Public Option at the state level.  Who are the “Partnership for America’s Health Care Future” and “Colorado’s Health Care Future” and what is their goal?  These are corporate special interest groups that comprise health insurers, hospitals, big pharma, and more that are all collaborating to kill any attempt at health care reform that would threaten a dime of their profits, all at our expense.

    We will be working to break down their deceptive but blatant lies for you, one-by-one.  If you see a commercial, print ad, email, or other garbage from these terrible front groups, please let us know!  Help us be our eyes and ears!  Also, if you have any interest in working on a special communications project related to this, please let Nathan know via email.

    Help us with outreach by answering a few simple questions about social media
    We are preparing to implement a bold and strategic communications plan this year to help education, outreach, and the political will for health care reform.  Before we do, we would like to know a little bit about your social media habits to help us understand where to focus our efforts.  This VERY SHORT SURVEY only takes a few minutes to complete. Will you answer a few questions to help us achieve Improved Medicare for All?

    Health Care for All Colorado is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization and relies entirely on the contributions of volunteers and supporters like you to carry out our mission.  Please consider becoming a member and making a contribution to support a worthy cause.

    Health Care Is A Human Right!


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  • published Medicare for All - Why Aren't We There Yet? in News 2021-03-20 08:26:40 -0600

    At our previous Zoom webconference, Drs. Cecile Rose and Rick Bieser, Co-Chairs of the Physicians for a National Health Program Colorado Chapter, gave outstanding presentations.

    For those of you looking for Dr. Bieser's slides, download a copy by clicking here.

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  • published Ask In Advance 2021-03-12 12:58:02 -0700

    Ask In Advance

    Have a question for any of the speakers at our upcoming events?

    Submit your questions in advance here!

    Submit Question(s)

  • published Privacy and Communications Policy 2020-12-22 17:34:18 -0700

    Privacy and Communications Policy

    Health Care for All Colorado is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization created to promote and work towards publicly financed (single-payer) universal health care in Colorado and the United States.

    Consent for Communications

    We make every effort to respect opt-on and opt-out requests, and request user disclosure during interactions on our website if not already selected.

    Contacting us via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any other communications mechanism shall be implied consent for return communications until such consent is withdrawn.

    Your information is only used for contact from HCAC, which may include branded subsidiary programs run by Health Care for All Colorado.


    We will never share your personal information with any third party, and do not authorize the use of our contact database or any contents by any third party outside of HCAC or programs under our full control.

    If you suspect that your information has been compromised, please inform us immediately.

    Website Tracking

    In order to create a more fluid and useful experience, we use analytics trackers across our pages. You may opt out of these tracking "cookies."

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  • HCAC Positions - 2020 Colorado Ballot Measures

    The goal of Health Care for All Colorado is to achieve universal, affordable, accessible, undeniable, and portable health care for all Coloradans.

    In reviewing this year's Colorado ballot, the Board of Health Care for All Colorado has voted to take a position on the following Ballot Measures.





    HCAC Position





    Prohibits abortion after 22 weeks gestational age. 

    HCAC Rationale for Opposing Proposition 115:  Currently an abortion can be performed at any time during pregnancy.  This proposal would prohibit abortion after 22 weeks of gestational age of the fetus, interfering with the patient provider relationship in making healthcare decisions, and denying access to care.



    Proposition 116


    Decreases the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%. 

    HCAC Rationale for Opposing Proposition 116:  Colorado’s economy and people have suffered from the COVID economic and health crisis.  The cuts in revenue following a tax cut would add to the losses in education, health care and other state services.  Education is a social determinant of health.



    Proposition 118


    Establishes a program for paid medical and family leave.  

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Proposition 118:  Provides partial wage replacement so that eligible employees can take time off for medical reasons or to provide care for family members.



    Amendment B

    Taxes & Property

    Repeals the Gallagher Amendment of 1982, which limited the residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates so that residential property taxes amounted to 45% of the total share of state property taxes and non-residential property taxes amounted to 55% of the total share of state property taxes.

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Amendment B:  Amendment B does not increase property taxes and helps preserve funding for local districts that provide fire protection, police, ambulance, hospital, kindergarten through twelfth grade education, and other services.  Education is a social determinant of health.



    Proposition EE

    Tobacco & Taxes

    Increases taxes on tobacco, creates a new tax on nicotine products such as e-cigarettes; dedicates funds to education and health programs. 

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Proposition EE:  Proposition EE initially uses the tax revenue primarily for public school funding to help offset revenue that has been lost as a result of the economic impacts related to COVID-19 and then for programs that reduce the use of tobacco and nicotine products. Enhances the voluntary Colorado preschool program and makes it widely available for free and maintains the funding for programs that currently receive revenue from tobacco taxes, with the state keeping and spending all the new revenue as a voter-approved revenue change.  Education is a social determinant of health.


    CISS = Initiated State Statute; LRCA = Legislatively Referred Constitutional Amendment; LRSS = Legislatively Referred State Statute (Source: BALLOTPEDIA) 

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    Before we begin our Town Hall, can you answer a few quick questions?

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  • published COVID-19 Impacts and Medicare For All in News 2020-07-13 16:06:36 -0600

    During the HCAC Annual Meeting on June 6, 2020, HCAC Board Member Pamela S. Parks, MD gave two presentations related to COVID.

    Copies of those presentations may be downloaded here.

    1. COVID-19 Recession and Job Loss

    2. COVID-19 and Medicare For All


  • As the end of ACA sustainability looms on the horizon, you may be asking yourself, “What comes next?”

    There are numerous proposals for versions of Medicare for All as well as several public option ideas.

    How do they stack up, and how do they differ?

    For a side-by-side, detailed comparison of what ideas are floating through the halls of Congress, click here:
    Side-by-Side Comparison of Medicare-for-all and Public Plan Proposals Introduced in the 116th Congress (Kaiser Family Foundation)

    What do you think?  Comment here...

  • published Live Broadcast Notification Signup in Get Involved 2019-06-07 16:35:56 -0600

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