Universal health care experiment a tough sell in Colorado

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – The closing days of the push to make Colorado the nation’s first state with universal health care are showing why supporters face such steep odds.

Volunteers have spent a year explaining the $25 billion-a-year plan to use new payroll taxes to replace the system of paying private health insurers for care and opting out of the federal health care law.

Yet backers are still hearing major questions this week after ballots have been mailed to voters, including how much the plan would really cost and what happens if it fails.

Supporters turned in signatures to get the measure on the ballot more than a year ago. But they’ve been heavily outspent by health insurers and business groups opposed to the idea.