Colorado voters reject state healthcare system

DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters have rejected a plan to create the nation’s first government-run health care system that covers everyone.

ColoradoCare aimed to abandon President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace it with a universal coverage plan funded by a new payroll tax.

The $25 billion-a-year tax would have been taken out of paychecks, similar to how Medicare is funded. That money would then go to an elected board of trustees that would act as an enormous insurance company and reimburse doctors.

Health insurers spent more than $3 million to fight the proposal.

The ColoradoCare proposal had the backing of Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a state that tried and failed to set up a universal health care system.

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