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The issue of single-payer health care will hit home for Colorado and California voters this November, as ballot initiatives test the health care reform waters. (Photo: iStock)

The revamping of the U.S. health care system appears to be shifting from the federal arena to states, with fall ballot issues in Colorado and California challenging the status quo.

According to The New York Times, both ballot issues bear the indelible stamp, and have earned the endorsement of ex-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The Colorado ballot issue would bring to that state the single-payer health plan championed by Sanders during his bid for the Democratic nod. Californians will be asked to vote on whether to control the prices of certain prescription drugs, another issue Sanders has raised.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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