Colorado lawmakers take up health care exchanges |

Colorado lawmakers take up health care exchanges

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republicans are facing a tough call on an insurance proposal that GOP business allies support but others see as a move to embrace the federal health care law.

The Democratic Senate approved a bill that would set up a state exchange, allowing individuals and small businesses to pool together to seek lower health care premiums. Supporters argue that states that don’t set up exchanges will simply be assigned one by the federal government in future years and say Colorado should act now to craft its own exchange.

On Tuesday, the bill is set to get its first hearing in the House.

Senate Republicans argued unsuccessfully that Colorado is simply playing along with flawed federal health plans.

Democrats in the Senate overruled the GOP and passed the exchange 20-15 in a party-line vote.