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Smallwood is opposed to a reinsurance program and worries about the impact of having the state involved in dealing with the highest cost claims.

"Reinsurance program for me is one step towards single payer," said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker.

Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, objects to the bills, saying the proposals do nothing to address the high cost of care

Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, objects to the bills, saying the proposals do nothing to address the high cost of care

Still, Smallwood says that the government should not be the solution to the rising costs, and says he worries about the state competing with private insurance companies. Insurance companies already have to get their rates approved every year by the state Division of Insurance after public comment periods that follow the initial proposals.

“Having sort of the referees be sort of one of the players would seem unfair in any sport,” he said.

Bill to Require Safe Haven Law Education Sponsored by Sen. Jim Smallwood Faces Political Games

Which is why Sen. Jim Smallwood introduced a bill that requires schools to include the Safe Haven Law as part of sex education. Everyone on the committee said it was a good idea. The bill seemed on track to pass, then came a detour.

Senator Jim Smallwood tells the Denver Post we are coming dangerously close to government overreach

“We’re coming dangerously close to government overreach,” Smallwood said. “The challenge is to strike the right balance. What is the right amount of government intervention to make sure taxpayer dollars are accounted for?”

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

“I think it makes folks nervous,” State Sen. Jim Smallwood (R-Douglas County) said. “Public entities are known for operating in deficits."

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

“It’s very refreshing to me to see Democrats themselves finally admitting publicly that Obamacare is failing them,” said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker. “If Obamacare was working, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

Newly Elected State Senator Jim Smallwood Appointed Chair of Senate Health and Human Services Committee

“I am honored to be appointed Chair. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to ensure affordable health care choices for all Coloradans and lead Colorado back to responsible and limited government,” remarked Senator-elect Jim Smallwood.

Democrat emerges, Republicans locked in tight race for state Senate District 4

Smallwood, of Parker, led Castle Rock banker and Army veteran Benjamin Lyng 39.04 percent to 38.58 percent - with only 69 votes separating them. Smallwood is the president of Smallwood Select Financial Corp.