Colorado consumers could save up to 20% under state health insurance option, Polis says

The proposal is consistent with what the governor has discussed, but it’s important to study its full implications before determining if it’s the best approach, said Billy Wynne, a health care consultant and founder of the Public Option Institute.

It would be difficult to address costs without looking at hospitals, because they are the largest source of health care spending, Wynne said. Hospitals have a “fair point” that focusing on them doesn’t address the whole cost issue, but it’s a reasonable strategy to tackle one sector at a time, he said.

“Biting off what you can chew now may be a better way to get something done,” he said.

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