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Colorado Senate advances public option health insurance bill

Colorado Senate advances public option health insurance bill

Republican Sen. Jim Smallwood, an insurance broker, questioned the wisdom of having government step in as a competitor. He noted that high rural premiums persist and are rising under a state health insurance exchange adopted under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Bills aim to boost government role in Coloradans’ health care

Bills aim to boost government role in Coloradans’ health care

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.

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.

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.”