November 7, 2007:
The meeting was called to order by Co-president Marilyn.
Health Care Options for Coloradoans. Speakers were Barry Keene and Jake Williams. Barry is a small business owner and vice-president of the organization “Health Care for all Coloradans”. Jake is affiliated with SEIU (Service Employees International Union.)
Barry gave some background on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. It was created by the Colorado Legislature in 2006. It is now called the 208 Commission. The Commission is evaluating 4 proposals submitted by various groups, and has, itself, developed a 5th proposal. The Commission is required to make final recommendations for comprehensive health care reform to the General Assembly by January 31, 2008.
Both Barry’s organization and Jake’s organization have submitted proposals that are part of the Commission’s study.
They presented all of the proposals that the Commission is evaluating, and each went into greater depth on his particular proposal. They gave the following website where members could find information: http://www.colorado.gov/208commission.
Members participated in a Q&A session at the end.