Senate Passage of HB 1232 Yesterday Not the Healthiest of Choices

Date: May 27, 2021

“The so-called ‘public option’ plan will eventually become a no-option plan.”

DENVER, May 27, 2021—Colorado began its slow march toward complete state control of all health-care decisions for its citizens when the State Senate passed House Bill 1232 yesterday on a 19-to-16 vote. It now heads back to the House for concurrence of Senate amendments.

“The so-called ‘public option’ plan will eventually become a no-option plan, given how proponents have set up private insurance carriers to fail,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for NFIB. “It can be no other way. Creating a health-care czar, under the disguise of an Ombudsman who can dictate the thresholds insurance companies must meet or lose their customers to the public option plan, is not expanding medical choice but constricting it until the point of submission.”

The cost of health insurance is now into its 30th consecutive year as the No. 1 problem of small-business owners, according to NFIB’s latest Small Business Problems & Priorities study. “What we see as the real solutions to getting the uninsured medical coverage is greater markets for health-care purchasing and getting health-care costs under control.” In its testimony against HB 1232, NFIB Colorado offered nine better directions the Colorado General Assembly could have taken, see March 30 link below.

Related News Releases

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director,,
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager,

Keep up with the latest Colorado small-business news at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CO or on Facebook @NFIB.CO


For 78 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

NFIB Colorado
1700 Lincoln Street, 17th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Twitter: @NFIB_CO
Facebook: NFIB.CO


Subscribe For Free News And Tips

Enter your email to get FREE small business insights. Learn more

Get to know NFIB

NFIB is a member-driven organization advocating on behalf of small and independent businesses nationwide.

Learn More

Or call us today

© 2001 - 2022 National Federation of Independent Business. All Rights Reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy