Study details impact of public option for health care in Colorado

A new study urges Colorado lawmakers to consider five concerns about a state-controlled health care plan they might consider when they return to the General Assembly to resume the 2021 session.

The study, by the Common Sense Institute (CSI), a free market think tank, says those concerns include cuts to hospital funding during a global pandemic, increasing costs of insurance premiums, and the state’s hospital reimbursement rates.

“In short, even before COVID-19 took a massive toll on the state’s health care system, there was significant concern about cutting hospital budgets or further increasing private insurance costs in order to pay for the public option,” the study concluded.

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