Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives split widely to approve a health insurance exchange bill on Wednesday that will change the way 1 million Coloradans buy health insurance beginning in 2014.
A controversial healthcare exchange bill is nearing the end of its legislative journey at the state house. It cleared its final committee on Tuesday with both Republican and Democratic support and then was quickly sent to the house floor for a brief debate.
The fate of a bill to create a healthcare exchange in Colorado now rests in the hands of the Republican controlled house. The state senate passed the measure on Wednesday on a party line vote. Many Republicans oppose the bill saying it's too closely tied to the federal healthcare overhaul.
Colorado’s House majority leader is being criticized from all sides for her support of a bi-partisan healthcare exchange bill. In an attempt to appease concerns from the right, Republican state representative Amy Stephens is now alienating her other allies.