Well now it looks like we may finally be seeing the governor make some headway on this issue. Today's Rocky reports,
Roughly 200,000 Coloradans could be added to public insurance rolls under a new hospital fee proposal that could revive Gov. Bill Ritter's stalled health care reform effort.
Hospitals would pay a per-patient fee to the state, which would be used to win federal matching funds. The new money - up to $600 million a year - would expand eligibility for publicly funded health insurance programs, allow some people to buy into Medicaid and increase reimbursements for doctors and hospitals that treat Medicaid patients.
The governor's office and the Colorado Hospital Association continue to negotiate a fee, but association leaders are on board with the concept, CHA President Steven Summer said.
"This is an initiative of monumental proportions," Summer said.
This is the kind of action that many of us expected in January of 2007. The governor should be applauded for finally taking a significant step towards his campaign promises on covering the uninsured. I'm not sure what has finally triggered this but hopefully it signals a new day in the governors office - one where we seed decisive leadership as opposed to simply competent stewardship.