Every week here at the Capitol, we must maneuver through a slew of new legislation. Many of these bills are being peddled as benign, but in reality, they would work to reverse certain positive trends we've accomplished since the beginning of the term.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 3 on a party-line vote. Democratic Sens. Lois Court and Lucia Guzman voted against passing the bill, while Republican Sens. Jack Tate, Owen Hill and Tim Neville voted to pass it.
The Colorado legislative session this spring will prominently focus on health care and transportation infrastructure.
In our 2017 system for health care, the Obamacare burden continues to hold back Coloradans. Individual insurance rates in Colorado have increased by more than 20 percent, and nearly a third of our counties have only one insurance carrier option left on the state exchange.
“Our state exchange is really funded through a number of different sources, but many of them are really tax payer dollars,” State Sen. Smallwood said. “With my proposal, first of all we want people to know that by repealing the state exchange that in no way ends the ACA, it doesn’t end ObamaCare in the state of Colorado. It allows our citizens to buy the same policies from the same insurance companies at the same rates, but on website healthcare.gov instead of connectforhealthco.com because healthcare.gov is being paid for with federal dollars because with connect for health we’re paying for it, again, with our state dollars.”
“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.