With Democrat majorities in the House, Senate and with control of the governor's office, I feel that we've seen a turn toward a top-down approach of governance, where politicians feel that their intellect and perspective surpass those who have sent us here. I strongly object and hope to see a course correction sooner rather than later.
The 2019 Colorado General Assembly is vastly different from the past two years. The Democratic Party has a majority in both the House and the Senate, which means that the Republicans do not have enough votes to block any of the partisan legislation that is proposed. We are already witnessing a number of extremely controversial bills being introduced, such as restructuring of Colorado’s comprehensive sex education curriculum, firearm seizures, and several healthcare bills.
"Reinsurance program for me is one step towards single payer," said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker.
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.
“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?”
“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.
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.
I want to help bring positive changes to Colorado, specifically bringing real world business knowledge, entrepreneurial experience and health plan expertise to the legislature. Continuing to attract existing businesses to move here, and encouraging “start-up” enterprises brings good jobs to Coloradans. This is my opportunity to serve our community, and to dedicate a tremendous amount of proven energy into helping Colorado businesses and families thrive.