Thank you Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify and share with you our bipartisan plan for stabilizing the individual health insurance market.
In 1932, Justice Louis Brandeis popularized the idea that “states are the laboratories of democracy.” He said a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”
In other words, states are where the rubber meets the road on the highway of the American experiment.
In Colorado, we have implemented the Affordable Care Act for seven years -- as long as I’ve been governor. For many Coloradans, it has been a success. With bipartisan support, we expanded Medicaid and created a state based marketplace, known as Connect for Health Colorado. Around 600,000 Coloradans now have care because of the ACA.
We have dealt with its complicated provisions, benefited from its good intentions, and created a culture of innovation.
But many people are angry, and have a right to be. We need to move toward a system that compensates quality, not quantity. The United States is on a lonely island among other high-income nations: we spend almost twice as much for worse care.