One of the biggest problems we all face today is healthcare. In addition to expenses that have driven individuals and families into bankruptcy, increased stress—which leads to more health problems—and putting profits above people, our healthcare is not as good as we might think it is. We’re way behind other developed countries in “efficiency, equity and outcomes,” according to a report by The Commonwealth Fund, even though we pay the most for healthcare and insurance.

And yet, every other major developed country is doing better than the U.S. while providing some type of less expensive, universal coverage. Kamala experiences an example of this when traveling abroad. She contracted an intestinal disorder in a so-called third-world country. She was taken to a hospital’s ER, treated and released within 90 minutes, at no charge. She recovered quickly and completely.

Like many Americans, Kamala is acutely aware that the U.S. has a very good single-payer system in place now, it’s called Medicare. It’s been successfully caring for seniors for 83 years. It could be doing an even better job of delivering affordable healthcare if Congress would allow it to negotiate for better pricing with drug companies. And better still, if it were expanded to include everyone.

Right now, it is capitalism vs. compassion: profits vs. the ability to live. Kamala Vanderkolk recognizes the need to lower costs while improving healthcare. She supports using best practices gleaned from other states and other countries to improve healthcare costs and efficiencies in Colorado. There is no need to reinvent the wheel when we can look at what is working, and what is not working, around the country and around the globe, and implement those best practices here to build a single-payer system that provides top-quality, affordable healthcare for all Coloradans.