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Colorado To Spend $400K (and 3 Years) To Find Out Why Medical Care Is Expensive

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  1. GBFan

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    The Colorado Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would set up a commission of experts to examine why health care costs and access to medical services haven’t improved under the state’s Obamacare exchange.

    The commission will cost approximately $400,000, according to the bill.

    Colorado is home[​IMG] to the most expensive health care regions in the country, the mountain counties around Aspen and Vail, where average insurance premiums are $483, according to Kaiser Health News. And the average premium statewide, according to the exchange’s 2013 annual report, was $376 — much higher than the $283 average estimated by exchange staffers in August.

    A Connect for Health Colorado spokesman did not reply to an email seeking more updated figures.

    “It’s very apparent to me, and it’s not a surprise to me, that the costs of health care have not gone down,” bill co-sponsor Republican Sen. Ellen Roberts told the Colorado Observer.

    She told the website that the commission wouldn’t solve all of the problems with the exchange, which enrolled 124,000 people from October to March 31 and which has come under critical scrutiny for how it has spent its money.

    Exchange CEO[​IMG] Patty Fontneau, who first raised eyebrows by requesting a raise and a bonus when the exchange was performing dismally in its early days, is requesting fee increases or a blanket fee on all insured Coloradans to keep the exchange afloat.

    But Democrats killed a bill that would have authorized an expanded audit on the exchange, with committee chairwoman Sen. Irene Aguilar saying she was “exceedingly impressed” with its transparency.

    Aguilar co-sponsored the bill to set up the expert commission on health care reform.

    “This is not affordable health care,” Republican Rep. Kevin Lundberg told the Colorado Observer. “People cannot afford to go to the doctor, let alone to the hospital. You can’t afford to get sick.”

    If the bill passes the state House[​IMG] and is signed into law, the commission will report back to the legislature with its findings in July 2017.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Any 12 yr old could explain this....
     
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    ... but, can he do it for $400K???
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Im thinking thats affirmative. Prolly do it for a playstation.
     
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    Gosh. Well maybe it will be worth it when they find out half the costs are attributed to the government's meddling and the ambulance chasing lawyers.
     
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    easy the free market does not exist for health care, kill Insurance and go public and costs will fall.
     
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    Wow!! An anti-Obamacare rant ... isn't that against the law where you come from?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Mind defining "go public" ?
     
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    Obama care is better then what we had, Single payer is where we should be, and at best we should have had the public option...I said that for years. Nothing new.
     
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    single payer, all insured. No insurance companies.
     
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    THAT is public ... when the public has absolutely no input into what service, or what quality, they receive?

    A decidedly strange approach ...
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Thats what I thought. Didnt want to just assume.
    Did you see the thread about Vermont's single payer project ? Posted it a couple weeks back.
     
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    nope, and I think any state trying to do it would be missing the point , you need the buying power of the whole state and no more markets driving up costs right next door.
     
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    It is the whole state. They cant figure out hiw to pay for it. Not unlike how the euros are learning.
     
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