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University of Colorado—DEBATE: Is a State Run Healthcare System Right for Colorado?

March 2, 2016 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


Is a state-run healthcare system (“Colorado Care”) right for Colorado?

Please join us for this FREE event. The BRI chapter at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus is hosting a lively, informative and important debate on the future of Colorado healthcare. At issue is adopting “Amendment 69,” or Colorado Care, a proposition to have a state-run taxpayer funded healthcare system in Colorado.

We will have a 30-minute lunch and information session on Amendment 69, followed by 60-minutes of two-on-two Oxford Union style debate.

Please use the Register button to RSVP so we can ensure enough food & refreshments for all.

In favor of Amendment 69:
BRI Anschutz T. R. Reid debater state-run healthcareT.R. Reid, Journalist and author of The Healing of AmericaT. R. Reid is an American reporter, documentary film correspondent, and author. He is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Reid currently lives in Denver, Colorado.


BRI Anschutz Irene Aguilar debater state-run healthcareIrene Aguilar, CO State Senator, District 62. She is a Democratic member of the Colorado Senate, representing the 32nd District since 2011. Her district encompasses the city of Denver, Colorado. Aguilar received a medical degree from University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, and was appointed by Governor Romer to the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners in 1993, where she served for eight years. She was appointed to her first term in the State Senate in December 2010 after being chosen by a vacancy committee to replace Sen. Chris Romer.

More information on arguments in favor of Amendment 69, or Colorado Care:
ColoradoCare Yes!

In opposition to Amendment 69:

BRI Anschutz Jill Vecchio debater state-run healthcareJill Vecchio, President of the CO chapter of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation. From Dr. Vecchio’s webpage: “Dr. Vecchio grew up in the Midwest and graduated with Honors from Iowa State University in 1981.  She matriculated to University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1985 and graduated with Honors in 1989….In 2008 she joined Rocky Mountain Radiologists and now serves as Director of the Exempla Lutheran Breast Care Center.”


BRI Anschutz Jonathan Lockwood debater state-run healthcareJonathan Lockwood, Executive Director, Advancing Colorado.

From Jonathan’s LinkedIn: “I launched Advancing Colorado in May. The organization is a non-partisan non-profit focused on advancing a culture of opportunity and freedom in Colorado. We have worked on issues ranging from health care reform, education reform, energy-related issues and more. We helped save the Colowyo mine through public pressure and raised awareness. Our strongest capacities are our media relations and digital outreach.”

Moderator: Ani Reddi

Click here for more on Amendment 69. 

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: 200 interested students, faculty and community members gathered to hear a debate about whether ColoradoCare (Amendment 69) is the best solution for Coloradans to attain quality, affordable healthcare. All were served lunch.

Tyler Barr, BRI-UCDenver chapter president partnered with the tracks at the CU campus (Colorado Area Health Education Center, CU Leadership, Educations, Advocacy, Development and Scholarship Track, CU Rural Track, CU Urban Underserved Track) to have an informative presentation and debate on ColoradoCare for their students and other members of our community. Senator Aguilar first gave a presentation on the ballot initiative and the workings of the new payment system if created.  After this presentation we had about one hour of Oxford style debate, with about 20 minutes of open questions from the floor.  We took a vote to measure audience support of the measure before and after the debate. Four attended a post-event dinner, including Tyler Barr, and BRI executive director, Dr. Beth Haynes. T.R. Reid from and another member of the ColoradoCare campaign attended as well as opposition debaters Jonathon Lockwood and Jill Vecchio, MD.

TESTIMONIALS: We were greatly pleased with the large turnout and comments following the debate were equally positive.

“Thanks for putting on the debate; it was great!”
“I learned a lot at your event.”
“It was very educational.”
“I had no idea what ColoradoCare was before your event.”



March 2, 2016
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
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Tyler Barr
(970) 227-4925


Anshutz Medical Campus, Education 1, Room 1500
13070 E 19th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045 United States
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