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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.

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.

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."