Cutting Colorado healthcare costs promises a legislative fight

Gov. Jared Polis is pulling every lever to save people money on health care, one of his signature promises to win office last year. While profits soar in the health care industry, those getting rich say the governor’s quest to untangle a national knot could easily unravel.

“We’re taking good ideas from the left, the right, the center from far-out space, anything we can do to save people money on health care,” he said.

The power of Polis, however, is about to be tested by the political forces of hospitals and insurance companies at the state Capitol. After the next session begins Jan. 8, lawmakers are expected to hammer out a public-private insurance program that could drastically cut the cost of healthcare costs in Colorado.

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