Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have said many times that the law needs to be "repealed and replaced." The natural follow-up is: "OK, replace it with what?"
Supporters of the ACA say that the opposition does not have an alternative plan. In fact, congressional opponents have offered alternatives, going all the way back to 2009. At least four pieces of legislation could be categorized as serious alternatives: "Patient's Choice Act of 2009," (1) "Empowering Patients First Act" of 2009 (2) and 2013 (3) and, finally, "American Health Care Reform Act of 2013." (4)
Using a recently developed measurement of poverty, the Census Bureau estimates that Colorado had 695,000 individuals living in poverty in 2012.
That number is based on the bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which is more comprehensive than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the government's official measure of poverty. The formula for the FPL was developed in the early 1960s and has seen few changes since then.
The Greeley Tribune posed the question: "In the wake of the defeat of Amendment 66, where do we go now on education funding?" The paper asked the Bell, a supporter of the amendment, to answer the question from that perspective. An opponent of the amendment wrote a companion piece (link below).
Buchanan: We must build 21st centuryeducation system that serves all
The Denver Post published an op-ed by Rich Jones of the Bell and Corrine Fowler of Colorado Porgressive Coalition on the success of Colorado's payday lending reforms and the attention they have, notably from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Colorado's payday loan reforms seem to be working
By Rich Jones and Corrine Fowler
Bob Semro, the Bell's health care policy analyst, is being honored as Community Advocate of the Year by the be well Health and Wellness Initiative, a program of the Stapleton Foundation. Semro made a number of presentations this year to the Stapleton community on matters of topical interest, including the Affordable Care Act and on the growing need for long-term care.
President Obama, on many occasions, said, "If you like your plan you can keep it." However, we've heard many stories about Americans who can't keep their old insurance coverage, and last week, the president apologized, saying, "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me."(1)
With comprehensive immigration reform continuing its arduous path through Congress, states continue to work on their own tracks, passing reasonable, humane, and economically beneficial immigration policies. In addition to measures like tuition equity, this includes bills that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. This week, Connecticut became the latest state to pass such a bill, while California saw bipartisan support emerge for theirs -- yet more evidence of how the politics around immigration reform may be shifting:
It wasn't so long ago that Colorado was considered a hotspot for ascendant conservative national movements, from the religious right to an anti-tax revolt to anti-immigrant extremism. But times (and demographics) are clearly changing, and quickly. With progressives empowered by recent elections, this session has seen Colorado's legislature advance, pass, and enact progressive legislation across a range of issue areas. And with the state's session drawing to a close in a matter of days, the wins are piling up. From voting rights to welcoming immigrants to enacting sensible gun laws and civil unions, the multiple progressive victories in Colorado this year provide a hopeful model and counter-example to the destructive agendas advanced by conservatives in statehouses across the nation in recent years. Here's how their session is finishing up: