GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
The state’s largest health legislation has been passed by the House, which is also the main topic of debate. Dr. Scott Nelson is a volunteer and member of the Protect Healthcare committee to support the bill. Dr. Nelson says, “Something needs to be done about American medicine and it doesn’t require perfection. It only requires one step in the right direction “.
He is a supporter of Colorado health care law that would save Coloradoers 18 percent in health insurance, but a lawmaker says it will harm doctors and patients and that you better be a Colorado citizen. Colorado State Representative Janice Rich (R) of District 55 says, “If, as a patient, you have that option and you leave the state and expect to use it, you won’t be able to do it.”
She claims 67 Mesa County actors are against the bill and that 7,000 members of the Colorado Medical Society also say no. “Three out of four doctors oppose this bill,” Rich said.
Now, you know the support one, doctor number four. Dra. Lauri Costello, a member of the Protect Healthcare committee, says, “We spend two to three times more money than any other country to have worse care and all that money will benefit.”
One of the changes to the bill is that lawmakers removed the word “option” and it’s also good because it’s not an option, it’s a mandate. But, some doctors say the health mandate will help patients. “It could mean the difference between families getting the relief they need and leading rewarding lives,” Dr. Nelson said.
Although some Western Slope lawmakers say it will hurt hospitals by stealing Peter to pay Paul, and by the way, big hospitals are not Peter. He’s the little boy. “Our rural hospitals could very well try to put it in its place,” Rich said.
The Colorado Public Health Option has become the Colorado Health Act and this health debate has become an argument about money. “Healthcare can be of higher quality at a lower cost and we want to show how it can be done,” Dr. Costello said. Representative Rich says, “The Colorado Option will give authority to the unelected insurance commissioner.”
If amendments are made to the bill, it will return to the House for lawmakers to agree or disagree on those amendments again.