Colorado Senate signs off on health exchange

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A divisive proposal to set up a new Colorado health insurance marketplace won initial approval in the Democratic state Senate Monday.

However, the prospects for the health insurance exchange are murky in the Republican House.

An exchange allows individuals and small businesses to pool together for lower health insurance rates. The federal health care law requires states to set up health insurance exchanges, or the federal government will set up exchanges for them.

Some opponents of the new health care law argue that states should resist the exchange mandate. Three Republican Senators argued unsuccessfully against the exchange idea Monday. It's unclear whether the GOP House will embrace the bill. Many Republicans say an exchange would mean surrendering to the federal health care law.

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  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    C'mon CS, you know that it was the Democrats that are behind this UNCONSTITUTIONAL travesty of Obummercare. Keep trying to sugar coat, it isn't working!
  • by common sense Location: on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    I thought Repubs were all for "free markets". This would simply enable any insurance carrier to offer their product in CO. AND they would still be able to get rich off main street..... another thing Rupubs seem to be in favor of. Looks like a win-win.... except for main street of course.
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      by Disgusted on May 4, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to common sense
      Its called competition, CS, look into it. If the main street business was worthy of consumer dollars, then it would have no problem competing. If not, bulldoze it and let something else take its place.
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