Polis’ public option would hobble the patients it purports to help

By Don Shawcroft | Colorado Politics

One of the biggest challenges facing Colorado’s rural and agricultural communities continues to be health care access and affordability. From a growing physician shortage to increasing rates of hospital closure and consolidation, hardworking rural patients and families throughout the state have enough challenges when it comes to getting the medical care they need, when they need it.

That is what makes efforts by Gov. Jared Polis and some in the Colorado General Assembly to introduce a state government health care insurance option so troubling for rural families across the state. While lawmakers’ intentions may be good, a state government option would threaten access for the very patients they are trying to help. Rather than taking us down this perilous road, lawmakers should focus on strengthening and improving our current health care system.

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