Colorado Latest State Setting Up Health Exchange

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Colorado is the latest state moving ahead with its own health insurance exchange — but some still question whether it’s a good idea.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper went to a hospital in suburban Lakewood Wednesday to sign the bill setting up a health insurance exchange. That’s an insurance marketplace required under the 2010 federal health care law.

Democrats, doctors and business groups were on hand to herald the step as a cost-saver for small businesses and individuals seeking health insurance.

But some conservatives complain the exchange means Colorado is acquiescing to the federal health law, and they’re already working on primary challenges to Republicans who supported the measure. Opponents point out that Colorado is among the states suing the federal government over the law.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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