In addition to the various human beings standing for election around the country yesterday (or at least they claim to be humans) there were a number of ballot initiatives being decided. One of the ones that we talked about here before was a plan called ColoradoCare. This proposal would have zoomed straight past any sort of Obamacare state exchange and provided basic healthcare to all state residents totally under the control of the state government. To say that the effort came up short doesn’t begin to do it justice. It was beaten down like a rented mule.

Colorado residents soundly voted down a payment system to fund universal health care on Tuesday.

Amendment 69 would have established ColoradoCare and funded it largely through a 10 percent payroll tax. By 11:30 p.m. Eastern, a resounding 1,515,493 voters, 80 percent, were against the measure with 62 percent of precincts reporting.

ColoradoCare’s estimated $36 billion budget would have dramatically exceeded state government spending, according to the plan’s critics