Colorado Trust’s “Project Health Colorado”: Public Interest, or Advocacy?

I’m featured in this Colorado Public Radio piece called “Health Care Ads: Public Interest, or Advocacy?” It’s about a project by the Colorado Trust, which historically pushes for more government involvement in medicine. Listen here.

Some excerpts from the transcript:

[CO Trust’s VP of Communications] Christie McElhinney says the Trust wants the site to be a politically neutral forum where people can learn about health care, express their opinions and debate ideas.

But not everybody buys that. Brian Schwartz is a blogger for the Denver-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a free market think tank.

Schwartz: To me, it’s a glossy marketing campaign to advance their policy agenda.

Reporter: Schwartz says the Trust has a long track record of supporting policies that he calls more government control of health care, and that their new website only offers one perspective.

Schwartz: So you might think that going to this Project Health website, that they’re interested parties presenting policy suggestions from all different points of view, but it’s not, they’re only presenting one flavor of solutions.

Reporter: He’s got a point. Experts featured on the site reflect the Trust’s overall stance that enrolling more people in government-funded health programs is good for Colorado. It doesn’t include opposing points of view, like those at the Independence Institute. …

Schwartz says the Trust has a long track record of supporting policies that he calls more government control of health care, and that their new website only offers one perspective. …

Schwartz: if you were buying a used car from someone, if the used car salesman says, I want you to be able to get to work and back and go wherever you want, that’s my goal for you, that’s different from saying, I want to sell you this car, right? Which is  really for the most part, what a lot of salesmen want to do.

Thanks to Colorado Public Radio reporter Eric Whitney for contacting me after reading my article Don’t Trust the Colorado Trust, published in the Boulder Daily Camera.

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