Gov. Hickenlooper wrong to veto Colorado SB11-213

The Denver Post published my letter to the editor criticizing Governor Hickenlooper’s veto of Senate Bill 11-213:

Re: “Hick’s reason for veto makes sense,” June 2 editorial.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was wrong to veto Senate Bill 213, which would have increased Child Health Plan Plus premiums for families earning more than twice the federal poverty level. Enrolling one child costs just $25 per year. A Post editorial asked if it was unfair for SB 213 to raise the fee to $20 per month. It’s fair. According to the latest Consumer Expenditure Survey, the poorest U.S. households spend on average more than $150 per month on alcohol, tobacco, sweets and entertainment.

What’s unfair is that Colorado compels taxpayers to fund a program that allows eligible parents to value satisfying bodily appetites more than their children’s health.

This was a very short version of my longer article on the subject, which describes how programs like CHP+ crowds out private insurance. That is, parents stop buying it and sign up for the tax-funded product.  Read more:

Colorado Child Health Plan: Parents should value children’s health more than sweets and booze, Health Policy Solutions, May 17; Denver Daily News, May 20.

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One response to “Gov. Hickenlooper wrong to veto Colorado SB11-213

  1. Disingenuous

    Oklahoma provided health and dental coverage for the 2,500 uninsured kids in the state.  Providing their parents were poor.  When implemented parents who were poor and paying for insurance dropped their kids off their plans and 7,000 or 8,000 kids were signed up.  I know it is hard to believe but poor people can be responsible….  needless to say, the program was over budget.

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