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Neville and Neville: Repeal and replace plan falls short

Patrick Neville

Among the most promising things about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, in conjunction with a Republican-controlled Congress, was the long-awaited realization of the repeal of Obamacare — the expensive government takeover of health care that was President Obama’s signal “achievement” — which drove up health insurance premiums and deductibles, priced millions out […]

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O’Hara: Reform flawed “step therapy” to put patients first

Sharon O'Hara

A significant burden to patients — and to health care providers — is the common insurance-company practice of overriding a physician’s drug recommendation and requiring a patient to use, and fail on, a lower-cost drug before it will authorize use of the more expensive, physician-preferred, drug. Known as “step therapy” – or more commonly among […]

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Guzman: A solution for our rural hospitals

Sen. Lucia Guzman

Delta. Montrose. Lincoln. Teller. Fremont. Las Animas. Morgan. Garfield. These are a handful of counties in rural Colorado that are home to hospitals. Hospitals that not only provide access to life-saving health care for residents, but are most likely the area’s largest employer. These hospitals are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, but they are […]

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Guzman: ‘I came to the Legislature to repeal the death penalty’

Colorado Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman talks about her proposed state death penalty repeal, Feb. 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue. “It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off […]

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The Hot Sheet – Guv race a marathon NOT a sprint, who’s watching the watchdog, Coffman takes Twitter heat, council member says ‘The only way to change the law is to disobey it’ and… MORE!

VOL. 02 NO. 007 | JANUARY 17, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017 DENVER — Welcome to the 7th day of the 71st General Assembly, and what many would call the first day of real work (OK, we aren’t talking about you, Joint Budget Committee members. Relax). Lots of characters and news in Colorado politics to talk […]

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The Hot Sheet – Protests become the norm, who gets to define ‘freedom,’ Hick is rooting for Trump, Dems are full of ‘bunk’ and … MORE!

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Monday! Blah, we know. But, today isn’t just any Monday. We have a mountain of a human being to celebrate today. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Let us not forget all this man accomplished for our nation, for civil rights and for true equality. Here’s to hoping we […]

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The Hot Sheet – And so it begins, education $ will be “Rearranging chairs on Titanic,” Hick looks to legacy, Trump looms over the dome and … MORE!

DENVER — Good morning, and happy Thursday — Colorado’s second day with state legislators inside the state Capitol working — yikes! A couple of things of note for you this a.m.: First, Gov. John Hickenlooper prepares this morning to take to the House of Representatives dais to deliver his second-from-last State of the State speech […]

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Transportation funding, fix to construction problems top House agenda

House Democrats and Republicans agree that two matters are likely to dominate discussion in the chamber during the upcoming legislative session, although they disagree about how to refer to one of them. Along with funding the state’s transportation needs, House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle told The Colorado Statesman recently that tackling the […]

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Legislative leaders look past Trump election year partisanship, set groundwork to get things done

Colorado state Sen. Kevin Grantham speaks at the Republican election night party at the Double Tree Denver Tech Center, Nov. 8, 2016, while Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg, Jack Tate, Tim Neville, Chris Holbert, John Cooke and Randy Baumgardner look on. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
In the wake of this year’s long, fractious election season, Colorado’s new legislative leaders say they are looking forward to a productive lawmaking session next year at the Capitol, to which swing-state Colorado voters are again sending a divided Legislature — a Democratic House and Republican Senate. Sources at the Capitol, including top House and […]

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