Gov. Bill Ritter made a good move today, signing four bills into action that will align Colorado with the national health care policy on the state level.
The bills will allow young people to stay on their parentsâ€™ insurance until they turn 26, keep insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and provide tax credits to small businesses to cover premiums.
While the national health care bill wonâ€™t go into effect until 2014, the state laws will be implemented in the next six months. Ritter made the right choice to speed up health care reform and set a precedent for other states by enacting legislation in Colorado.
Not only will this help thousands of citizens in Colorado get health insurance, it is also a metaphorical slap in the face to Ritterâ€™s own Attorney General John Suthers, who joined nearly a dozen other states in a lawsuit against the federal government for the national health care bill.
Colorado is making the right move, because the state laws provide a fallback, ensuring that Colorado citizens will have health care reform regardless if the lawsuit succeeds or the bill is overturned.
Students can applaud this decision, especially those that are about to graduate and would otherwise be dropped from their parentsâ€™ insurance.