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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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Coffman moves to clarify stance on ACA repeal

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, smiles at the conclusion of a debate conducted entirely in Spanish with his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, on Oct. 4, 2016, at Univision studios in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has stirred up a hornet’s nest among American citizens. With Republicans in charge of both the U.S. House and Senate and President Donald Trump solidly behind the goal, Democrats and health care advocates have energized to let their voices be heard.

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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Webb: Repealing Obamacare wastes taxpayer dollars

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb

Congress must not repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Engaging in efforts to repeal the law is nothing more than a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and political theater. Health care is essential to everyone’s quality of life and a significant economic driver in Colorado and nationally. Consumers, businesses and governments all need the […]

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Crowder: Colorado’s rural hospitals facing plight

Sen. Larry Crowder

The future of health care has been in the news a lot recently. The intended repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare” has generated more questions than answers. However, one thing is for certain. The upcoming plight of Colorado’s rural hospitals is not in question. Last year, the state Legislature voted not to […]

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House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives with Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. on Capitol Hill in Washington, for a closed-door GOP strategy session. Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see it as a road to ruin that will mean lost coverage and bigger medical expenses for millions, particularly poorer people.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who’d face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor. The plan “ensures more choices, lower costs and greater control over […]

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