In 2010, The Democratic Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare”. This new law mandates that every individual must have healthcare coverage whether they have the money to purchase insurance or not! This law also created a government run health program that will be administered, managed and enforced by the state health exchanges and division of insurance.
Most states refused to accept President Obama’s healthcare mandates and have refused to establish state health exchanges. According to the Nt. Conference of State Legislators as of March 2012, only 10 states and the District of Columbia have enacted state-based health insurance exchanges. Unfortunately, Colorado established their state health exchange in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 200(SB200) – the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange sponsored by Rep. Stephens (R-Monument) and Senator Boyd (D-Jefferson County). SB200 is the only bi-partisan legislation establishing the Obama-style state exchange in the nation. Legislation that I, and most Republicans in the Colorado House and Senate opposed in 2011, and tried to repeal this year.
The Colorado state exchange is a complicated, expensive big-government program that has cost taxpayers $19 million dollars to date! According to documents on the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange website, up to 1 million people in Colorado will have healthcare coverage through the state exchange, and many of these individuals will have either all or a portion of their coverage paid by government subsidies. These government subsidies will cost you, your children and future generations hundreds-of-millions of dollars annually to fund in Colorado.
The passage of Obamacare and Colorado’s Health Benefit Exchange (Amycare) is seen by many Democrats as a milestone for the President’s overall plan for healthcare reform in the United States. Even though the federal government requires these exchanges to be in place by 2014, the Colorado exchange will be available to the public by 2013. Why? Why are the sponsors, politicians and bureaucrats in a hurry to rush this big-government’s socialized healthcare mandate in Colorado?
Many people have questions about the state exchange and The El Paso County Tea Party (EPCTP) wants to provide you with the information necessary to make informed decisions about you and your family’s healthcare options when these big-government programs kick in. Join the EPCTP on Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am, at The da Divinci Academy located 1335 Bridal Oaks Lane in COS for a presentation by Dr. Jill Vecchio, President of the Colorado Chapter and National Director on the Physician Advisory Board for Docs4 Patient Care – a national organization of doctors fighting to repeal Obamacare. This will prove to be one of the most informative and interesting presentations of the year on an issue impacting your family.
Thank you for the honor to serve and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this or any other issue important to you and your family.
Marsha Looper, Colorado State Representative HD19, 719-238-5600