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The Petition Process is Dead in Colorado

Posted by on Jan 25 2011 | ACORN, Amendment 63, Capitol Crazies, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Petition Rights, PPC, Purely Personal

This legislative session there will be yet another attempt to make it harder for citizens to change the Colorado State Constitution by raising the signature requirements to get something on the ballot. Why bother? The petition process in Colorado is already DEAD.

I mean it. Dead. Only a fool with a financial death-wish would try to get ANY initiative on a statewide ballot.

You see, the petition process frightens many in government because it gives us little people the ability to have a meaningful say in restricting government. When the legislature fails to address our needs, we can bypass them and bring an issue directly to our fellow Coloradans. Over the years we’ve been able to do this on a number of occasions. Take for example the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) or Term Limits. Without the petition process, we would not have TABOR in place now saving us from an even larger budget deficit. And legislators certainly would never have limited their own terms in office.

To be sure, the enemies of the petition process have come from both the left and the right. In 2009, the legislature passed the 24-page HB 1326, which placed several restrictions and regulations on the petition process that did not exist before – restrictions that would hamper ordinary citizens from petitioning their government by greatly raising the cost of petitioning. Of course this does not effect the rich, union backed forces nearly as much as the little guy (us).

Additionally, the law for the first time opened up the individual proponents of petitions to be liable for a much more loosely defined “fraud” or wrongdoing by nearly anyone working or volunteering on behalf of the amendment. And here is where the story really begins. With the proponent of a petition forced to personally pay the legal costs if someone else commits “fraud” – even when their amendment does not pass – who in their right mind would take on that risk? Answer: me.

Right now I am the target of a legal complaint and may be personally liable for so-called “fraud” committed by other people during the signature gathering process for Amendment 63, our Right to Health Care Choice initiative. As this MUST READ Citizens in Charge article outlines, I could be forced into personal bankruptcy because of this legal complaint. All because I wanted my fellow Coloradans to have a say in how our government was run.

Despite the initiative process still officially on the books, it has effectively been nullified by this 2009 legislation. I join Vince Carroll at the Denver Post in calling for cleaning up these rules.

My current situation now serves as a warning to those who might be considering running an initiative in the future. Now read this Citizens in Charge article.

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Hot Lady Docs for Repealing ObamaCare

Posted by on Oct 29 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

You know, going to the doctors for my annual check up would be so much easier if my doctor was any of these fine ladies. Thanks to The Repeal Pledge, the Independents Women’s Voice, and American Majority Action, we can see the glorious result of lady doctors coming together against ObamaCare. These women have the beauty and the brains – and my complete attention. See for yourself:

Here is where you can sign the pledge if you know an elected official or you are a concerned citizen. Either way, I’m doing it simply because of the hot docs. YOWZAH!

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Health Care Professionals For Health Care Choice

Posted by on Oct 24 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

In Saturday’s online Denver Post, Paul Hsieh, a Colorado physician and co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM) lays out the case for why Amendment 63, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens amendment is good medicine for Colorado.

Money quote:

To lower costs, we need fewer government controls — not more. The state government should eliminate mandatory benefits. Insurers should be allowed to offer low-cost catastrophic plans and to sell policies across state lines. Individuals should be allowed to use Health Savings Accounts for routine expenses. Such free-market reforms could lower insurance costs for thousands of Coloradans up to 50 percent.

Where would meals be better and cheaper? A state where customers could choose between restaurants competing in a free market? Or a state where everyone was forced to buy all their meals at a few government-controlled restaurants?

Coloradans can avoid the mistakes of Massachusetts, save money, and protect their health care freedoms by voting for Amendment 63. What more could one ask for?

Read the whole excellent piece here.

And it’s not just Dr. Hsieh who supports health care choice in Colorado. Here are other Colorado health care professionals have signed on in support of Amendment 63:

Dr. Jill Vecchio, MD-Radiologist, Littleton, Colorado
Dr. David Roos, MD-Pediatrician, Parker, Colorado
Dr. Mike Fallon, MD- Emergency Medicine, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Paul Davidson, MD- Emergency Medicine, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Gary Alan Mohr, MD- Family Medicine, Canon City, Colorado
Dr. Joel Kinch, D.C., D.PhC.S.-Chiropractor, Castle Rock, Colorado
Dr. Thomas Rampy, MD, PhD- Neurologist, Louisville, Colorado
Dr. Stanley K. Jack, D.O.- Primary Care and Sports Medicine, Boulder, Colorado
Dr. O.J. King, MD- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dr. William Lee, MD- OB/GYN, Littleton, Colorado
Dr. David B. Robinson, DDS- Dentist, Pueblo, Colorado
Dr. Charles G. Allen, PhD- Psychologist, Englewood, Colorado
Dr. Russell Johnson, MD- Psychiatrist, Greeley, Colorado
Dr. Jeffrey Henry, D.C.- Chiropractor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dr. Marisa Atria Kruger, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., CHom.- Optometrist, Lakewood, Colorado
Dr. Shawn T. Smith, Psy.D.- Clinical Psychologist, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Dr. James Geddes, MD- Thoracic Surgery, Sedalia, Colorado
Dr. Christopher L. Oliver, MD- Head and Neck Surgery, Englewood, Colorado
Dr. Charles N. Theobald, DDS- General Dentistry, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Dr. Richard R. Kelley, MD- Pathology, Englewood, Colorado
Dr. Daniel R Hock, O.D.,F.A.A.O.,F.C.O.V.D- Optometry, Evergreen, Colorado

Full list of Amendment 63 endorsements here.

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Gazette Sets Record Straight On Anti-Amendment 63 Fearmongering

Posted by on Oct 22 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

Over at the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page, Wayne Laugesen eviscerates one of the most reckless and desperate distortions being made against Amendment 63, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens’ amendment: that if Amendment 63 passes, the state “might” not be able to license doctors, or otherwise regulate health care services and providers.

Not so, writes Wayne:

Amendment 63 protects the right of Coloradans to make or receive direct payments for lawful health care services because in Canada, socialized medicine has prevented patients from buying their own health care. To pay for health care was considered an effort to skip ahead in long government waiting lines. For some it has been wait and die, or travel to the United States and pay.

But the Center on Law and Policy has decided to scare us by saying the protection of an individual’s right to make or receive direct payments for health care services might entitle people without medical licences to receive payments for health care services. After all, Amendment 63 speaks of “any person,” not “any doctor.”

At least two Colorado newspapers, the Grand Junction Sentinel and the Denver Post, fell for the hysteria and repeated it. A Post editorial said: “There is concern among opponents that the measure’s wording would preclude the state’s ability to license and regulate health care, which seems at least a plausible legal interpretation of the proposed amendment.”

No, it does not. The Amendment would protect the right of persons to make or receive payments of “lawful” health care services. That means it would not protect making or receiving payments for “unlawful” services, which means the state would continue to forbid soda jerks from performing heart transplants.

Read the whole excellent piece here.

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National Doctors Group And Colorado Restaurant Association Endorse Amendment 63

Posted by on Oct 22 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

Both the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) have signed on as endorsing organizations for Amendment 63, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens’ amendment.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has served as a voice for private physicians since 1943, and is actively engaged in fighting against government and insurance company control of medicine. That fight has included filing suit against Obama Care in federal district court, and working on model legislation concerning state prohibition on federal insurance mandates.

“This measure is critically important for preserving medicine as we know it,” said Dr. Jane Orient of the AAPS about Amendment 63.

The Colorado Restaurant Association has roughly 4,500 restaurant members, and another 200 allied trade members that provide Colorado with more than 230,000 jobs and generate $8 billion in annual combined sales.

“Obviously we are thrilled to have these fine organizations throw their support behind health care choice in Colorado,” said Independence Institute president Jon Caldara. “Doctor and patient focused groups like AAPS and industry trade associations like CRA have seen the devastation of health care mandates through Romney Care in Massachusetts, and it makes sense that they would want to avoid those consequences for health care in our state.”

If passed, Amendment 63 would write into the Colorado Constitution that the State of Colorado cannot force its citizens to purchase a public or private health insurance product, either on its own, or on behalf of the federal government. In other words, Colorado would not be able to implement a Massachusetts-style insurance mandate (otherwise known as Romney Care) nor help enforce the federal individual mandate passed as part of Obama Care.

The amendment would also constitutionally protect fee-for-service health care by ensuring the right to pay out of pocket for lawful health care services and products if you so choose. Even if Colorado were to implement a single-payer health care system, Coloradans would be free to participate in voluntary, lawful exchange with a health care provider outside the system.

The AAPS and CRA joins a growing list of Amendment 63 supporters that includes the National Federation of Independent Business/Colorado, current and former elected officials including Congressman Mike Coffman and former Governor Bill Owens, newspapers such as the Colorado Springs Gazette, Pueblo Chieftain and Summit Daily News, and numerous Colorado doctors and other professional health care providers.

For a complete list of Amendment 63 endorsements see the Amendment 63 website.

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Summit Daily Says Yes On Amendment 63

Posted by on Oct 18 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

The Summit Daily News, which covers Frisco, Dillon, Breckenridge and Silverthorne in Summit County today endorsed a yes vote on Amendment 63, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens’ amendment.

The News writes that Amendment 63 sends a “statement to the federal government about mandating how or whether an individual pays for health care.”

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Amendment 63 (Health Care Choice) Yard Sign Distribution This Saturday Morning, Available at Victory Offices!

Posted by on Oct 14 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

This Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 AM to Noon you can pick up your Amendment 63 yard signs at a location near you. Supporters have volunteered their homes as distribution points. All you have to do is drive to the nearest location to pick up an Amendment 63 sign. Take all that you can distribute, but promise me that you will not leave them in your garage! At some homes the signs will be on the front porch.

Amendment 63 yard signs will also available at your local Victory Office. Please call about office hours and sign availability. Locations and phone numbers available here.

For more about Amendment 63 go to the Yes on 63 campaign website here. For information on the opposing campaign, visit Colorado Deserves Better.

To see the campaign’s new animated video go to our YouTube page here.

Amendment 63 Sign Distribution Locations

Saturday, October 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Arvada

8435 Braun Loop

Arvada, CO 80005

Aurora

2657 Vaughn Way

Aurora, CO 80014

Boulder

Stonewall Place Condominium Complex

Southeast corner of parking lot

Building 5530, third floor

5530 Stonewall Pl #32

Boulder 80303

Colorado Springs

See Victory Office Below

Denver

4536 Vrain Street

Denver, CO 80212

Denver

1045 Lafayette Street

Denver, CO 80218

Evergreen

1999 Hiwan Drive

Evergreen, CO 80439

Ft.Collins

1616 Leesdale Court

Fort Collins, CO 80521

Golden

13952 Denver West Parkway

Building 53

Suite 400

Golden, CO 80401

Greeley

See Victory Office below

Greenwood Village

5479 S. Locust Street

Englewood, CO 80111

Greenwood Village

Victory Office Below

Highlands Ranch

See Victory Office Below

Lakewood/Wheat Ridge/Edgewater

2250 Teller Street

Lakewood, CO 80214

Lakewood

3221 South Garland Way

Lakewood, CO 80227

S.W. Jeffco/Ken Caryl Valley

32 Mule Deer Trail

Littleton, CO 80127

Parker

8701 Apache Plume Drive

Parker, CO 80134

Thornton

4875 E 117th Drive

Thornton 80233

You can also pick up Yes on Amendment 63 signs now at the following Victory Offices (call about hours of operation):

Colorado Springs

205 Sutton Lane

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

(719) 233-2097

Greenwood Village

5950 South Willow Dr. Suite 306

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

720-318-1369

Highlands Ranch

9090 S. Ridgeline, Suite 103

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

720-380-318-9472

Jefferson County

3954 Youngfield Street

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

720-318-5438

Denver County

1000 North Speer Blvd.

Denver, CO 80204

(720) 840-1884

Weld County

3000 S. 23rd Ave. Unit 3

Greeley, CO 80631

(970) 710-9007

Pueblo

1000 West 6th St. Suite W

Pueblo, CO 81003

(719) 233-2066

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Another Amendment 63 Debate Video

Posted by on Oct 11 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC, Taxes

Thanks to Colorado Public Television Channel 12 for putting this Amendment 63 debate on and online. Thanks also to Edie Sonn, Director of the Colorado Medical Society who happens to oppose the repeal of Obama Care, for debating me. (Spoiler alert: the bald guy wins).

Watch the full episode. See more Colorado Decides.

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Amendment 63: Gazette Says “Vote Yes On This Important Amendment”

Posted by on Oct 11 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

The Colorado Springs Gazette on Saturday published its endorsements for this November’s ballot.

On Amendment 63, the “Right to Health Care Choice” citizens’ amendment, the Gazette endorses a yes vote:

In meeting with the board, Attorney General John Suthers said Amendment 63 will become particularly important in protecting the health care choices of Colorado residents in the likely event attorneys general prevail in their legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s mandate that would force all individuals to buy health insurance.

The Gazette concludes that 63 “will be a great way to protect Colorado citizens from an unfunded mandate from Uncle Sam.”

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Polls: Majority of Coloradans Support Obama Care Repeal

Posted by on Oct 08 2010 | Amendment 63, Health Care, PPC

Two recent polls show a majority of Coloradans favor repealing Obama Care, indicating a strong base of support for statewide initiative Amendment 63.

Both a Rasmussen Reports survey and a Pulse Opinion Research poll for Fox News conducted independently in the space of two weeks show 53 percent of Colorado voters want to undo Washington D.C.’s legislative efforts to force them into a government-mandated, government-run health plan. The results reflect the significant support for Independence Institute president Jon Caldara’s Amendment 63 — an initiative on this November’s ballot that attempts to secure Colorado citizens’ right to health care choice.

“Amendment 63 is resonating with Colorado voters who wish to send a message to Washington D.C.,” said Caldara.

If passed, Amendment 63 would write into the Colorado Constitution that the State of Colorado cannot force its citizens to purchase a public or private health insurance product, either on its own, or on behalf of the federal government. In other words, Colorado would not be able to implement a Massachusetts-style insurance mandate (otherwise known as Romney Care) nor enforce the federal individual mandate passed as part of Obama Care.

“Colorado voters have seen the devastation of health care mandates through Romney Care in Massachusetts and want to avoid those consequences in our state,” Caldara said.

The amendment would also constitutionally protect fee-for-service health care by ensuring the right to pay out of pocket for lawful health care services and products if you so choose. Even if Colorado were to implement a single-payer health care system, Coloradans would be free to participate in voluntary exchange with a health care provider outside the system.

The Independence Institute also sees recent victories in other states as an indication of Amendment 63′s favorable chances this November. Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected Obama Care in early August when they voted 71% to 29% for Prop C, which bars their state from implementing or enforcing a health insurance mandate.

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