Senator Ken Salazar begins shift on healthcare
ALAMOSA — “I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot more to learn,” said U.S. Senator Ken Salazar about health care in Creede yesterday. He discussed health care with a vocal community at the Creede Ambulance Barn, one of 32 stops he will make statewide to thrash out the issue.
This is a good sign. This is how politicians talk when they are preparing to shift positions.
Family physician and candidate for State Representative District 62 Rocky White shared his views with Salazar. “Remember there is a big difference between health insurance and health coverage,” said White. He is a supporter of the single-payer system and said that if health care is going to change the profiteer must be taken out of it.
Salazar said a two-tier system is one option, offering a single-payer program and private health care alternatives. He compared it to the current education system offering families free, public education or the choice to pay to send their kids to private schools.
Clearly a two tiered system is a fall back position. That way lies a Jim Crow health care system. The public system will be like Medicaid, under funded and grossly inadequate. We must continue to press for a single payer system. Fortunately Colorado has an active single payer movement.