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Nathan Wilkes

Nathan Wilkes

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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 March 2021 in HCAC News 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:
     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8711492302?pwd=WVE4RG9iZHh4b2QrY0lFbmJaWGpwZz09

     Meeting ID: 871 149 2302
     Passcode: 5dzbd6

     
    BREAKING NEWS!

    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:  https://medicare4allnow.org/
     
    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 Blog 2021-03-20 08:26:40 -0600


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    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.

    Read More

  • 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!

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  • 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.

    Privacy

    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.

    Type

    Title

    Subject

    Description

    HCAC Position

    CISS

    Proposition

    115

    Abortion

    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.

    Oppose

    CISS

    Proposition 116

    Taxes

    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.

    Oppose

    CISS

    Proposition 118

    Healthcare

    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.

    Support

    LRCA

    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.

    Support

    LRSS

    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.

    Support

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

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  • published COVID-19 Impacts and Medicare For All in Blog 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

    Live Broadcast Notification Signup

    If you would like special notice for any LIVE events and broadcasts related to Health Care for All Colorado, please sign up here and let us know how you prefer to be contacted!

    We're working on different options for streaming, so our first attempts may not go as smoothly, but we thank you for being willing to test this out with us!

    Select any and all options below.  Make sure you give us your cell phone if you select SMS, email if you select email, and follow us on Twitter (@HCAC) if you select tweet!

    Sign Up

  • followed Get Involved 2013-03-29 14:04:45 -0600

    Join Health Care for All Colorado

    Yes, I believe we need a system of universal health care. I would like to join in the efforts of Health Care for All Colorado in making this vision a reality in Colorado.

    Sign Up

  • published Donate Monthly in Donate / Membership 2017-12-07 14:47:29 -0700

    Donate Monthly

    Health Care for All Colorado, a Colorado-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, is funded entirely by the generous contributions of supporters like you.

    By choosing planned monthly giving, you help enable us to focus clearly on the sustained mission of universal health care in Colorado. This is a critical long-term fight and requires ongoing support from valuable supporters like you.

    Thank you for joining the only grassroots campaign in Colorado seeking affordable, quality, universal health care for all Coloradans.

    Donate

  • donated 2019-12-23 14:25:14 -0700

    Staff Holiday Gifts

    11 Donors
    Goal: 10 Donors

    Our HCAC Advocacy staff (Sandy and Pat) does a great job for us throughout the year, and we normally take up a collection from Board members at the end of the year to show them our appreciation for their hard work. At the last Board meeting, we agreed to continue this tradition this year.

    Please use this webpage to earmark a contribution that will be distributed among our paid staff this month in time for the holidays. There is no recommended donation amount, but past contributions have generally been in the $20 range. Give what you feel is appropriate.

    (We are also testing a new non-Paypal payment processor (Stripe) with this contribution page, so please let Nathan know if you run into any problems with it.)

    Donate

  • published ColoradoCare Survey 2016-09-09 14:27:27 -0600

    ColoradoCare (Amendment 69) Survey

    A69_yes-or-no_med.pngThis ONE-QUESTION SURVEY is simply to understand current support levels among likely Colorado voters.

    It will not place you on our mailing list unless you select "Send me email updates."

    If you are not located in Colorado or not registered to vote, please indicate so in your answer.

    If you wish, you may optionally elaborate on your response after you submit your answer.


    If you need additional independent information on ColoradoCare, we have found the following 3rd-party resource to provide a fair explanation and balanced presentation on pro/con arguments:

    http://colorado69.org/

    We are not associated with nor endorse this particular independent site. We simply find it to be free of partisan or ideological rhetoric, while presenting the arguments for both sides and providing comprehensive background information on the issues and problems with our current system.

    You do not need to review that site to answer this ONE-QUESTION SURVEY.


     

    Take the Survey