Opponents of Amendment 69, which would create a taxpayer-funded universal health care system called ColoradoCare, have brought in nearly
Of that total, roughly
Coloradans for Coloradans raised the majority of that money and spent much of it on television ads to run the final two months of the campaign. The first ad began airing Monday afternoon, said
The group raised about
"People are realizing just how risky -- and frankly wrong for
If passed, the amendment would largely be paid for using a 10 percent payroll tax -- 3.33 percent of which would be paid by employees, the rest by employers. Those taxes would bring in
The system also must rely on federal funding not yet approved that supports
Proponents say ColoradoCare would expand health insurance coverage to 350,000 people, cut administrative costs and streamline care.
The only people not covered by the program would be
Questions, however, remain on whether ColoradoCare would be financially sustainable. An independent analysis by the nonpartisan nonprofit
Proponents say the analysis is wrong, and they project a
The lone group backing the proposal, ColoradoCareYES, has raked in more than
"That's who loses if ColoradoCare passes, and that's whose investing heavily in the opposition campaign," Perkins said.
ColoradoCareYES has not run any TV ads and does not have space reserved, Perkins said. Rather, much of its costs have been spent on printing materials.
"We've seen over and over again that if we can educate people about the measure, if they can learn about the measure, they're very likely to support it," Perkins said.
An opposition group, Colorado Health Care Choices, received about
That donor's name is similar to
"It's certainly not us," Hanel said.
The donor's listed address was the same as the group that received those funds. Inquiries by The Gazette to Colorado Health Care Choices were not returned.
A different group angling to defeat ColoradoCare has roughly
The group reported giving
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