The Villager

More than 100 organizations have come together to form the Colorado Health Policy Coalition, urging Congress to develop what they call a comprehensive and thoughtful healthcare framework before acting to repeal current policies.

Last month, the coalition, comprised of 108 business, healthcare provider, consumer, disability and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum and all parts of the state, delivered a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s congressional delegation.

“With Colorado’s long history of bipartisan work on healthcare, we know our coalition can serve as a good partner to our state and national leaders as we continue to wrestle with how to best ensure quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans,” said Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “Our first, most urgent, message has to be that repeal of our existing framework without a clear picture of what will replace it is a recipe for disaster.”

Coalition members not typically aligned on healthcare policy found strong agreement in one area—they say Colorado needs stability in its marketplace and the current “repeal and delay” approach some favor would create uncertainty and chaos. That would be bad, they say, for all healthcare consumers, everyone working in healthcare businesses and all state and local governments.

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