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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

A Honk and Wave for Covering All Coloradans

February 13, 2009

Denver - Just one day before Valentine's Day, supporters of national health care reform will be listening for a honk and a looking for a wave from Coloradans on their way to work this morning. The Have a Heart Honk 'n Wave volunteers will fly heart-shaped balloon sculptures as others like them in cities around the country, including Denver.

Leah Bry, lead organizer for the Colorado Progressive Action, says immediate health care reform that would guarantee quality is an especially important issue in the Centennial State.

"Colorado's Medicaid and Medicare are among the lowest-funded in the country. A lot of people are eligible for coverage, but aren't getting it just because the state doesn't have enough money to pay for it."

Colorado is already struggling with health coverage, says Bry, and things are likely to get worse in the rough economy without quick action.

"Over 800,000 Coloradans are currently uninsured, and that number is expected to increase dramatically as more and more people lose their jobs."

Colorado Progressive Action recommends a system that doesn't leave anyone out, but also gives Coloradans health coverage choices, says Bry.

"We want the choice of a private insurance plan, including keeping the insurance you have if you like it, or the choice to buy into a public insurance plan that guarantees affordable coverage."

Health reforms would also focus on making the system more equitable for people of color and provide more funding for important research, says Bry. Reform opponents question the costs and fairness to private insurers. More information is at www.coprogressiveaction.org.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO