Will Lawmakers Continue Public Option Push?

Will Lawmakers Continue Public Option Push?

Colorado’s economic landscape will look very different when state lawmakers return to the Capitol, which is tentatively scheduled to happen May 18.

April 17, 2020

Colorado’s economic landscape will look very different when state lawmakers return to the Capitol, which is tentatively scheduled to happen May 18. 

The only thing they’re constitutionally mandated to do is to pass a balanced budget, but schedule-wise a Colorado Supreme Court decision means they’ll get to pick up with the number of days they had left when they adjourned in March — elongating the time they have to get back to “business as usual.” 

We’ll be paying close attention to a state public option for health insurance that has been a priority of the Democrats and Governor. Some legislators will say that there is even more of a reason now to push it through — not true.  

We agree with House Minority Leader Patrick Neville that the value of hospitals is even more apparent now. A public option would price-set for hospitals and shift the costs even more from the consumer to the health care providers, making it near impossible for some of them to stay in business. 

COVID-19 has shown us how important health care workers and hospitals are to having a healthy society, and a public option would have drastic ramifications that we can’t afford.

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