Sen. Bernie Sanders backed Colorado’s Amendment 69 Wednesday, lending his support to the ballot initiative while launching Our Revolution, a new organization aimed at continuing the “movement” Sanders says was launched through his campaign for president, capitalizing on his newfound political capital. It will back candidates and ballot initiatives that back Sanders’ left-leaning priorities.
The Vermont independent backed the ballot initiative, which would set up a universal health care system in the state similar to the Medicare-For-All option that Sanders campaigned on. Colorado voters will consider the initiative in November.
“It is absurd, it is beyond belief, that here in America we remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people,” Sanders said at the announcement in Vermont. “If that proposal can win in Colorado, I believe that idea will spread around the country, and Our Revolution is supporting [Amendment 69].”
Sanders won Colorado’s Democratic caucus gathering 59 percent of the votes, while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took 40.3 percent, according to the Associated Press.
“No one has done more to elevate the idea of Medicare for All in the United States in recent years, and by bringing the notion of universal health care into stadiums, auditoriums, town halls, and living rooms throughout the country,” Owen Perkins, director of communications for ColoradoCareYES, said in a statement.
Clinton has called for a public option to strengthen the Obamacare exchanges.