VetTheGov in a previous story explained how Colorado Medical Society influences legislation. What you may not know is that the previous story ended with passage of SB11-200 with a majority GOP House. How does legislation that allows government interference in health care pass under the ever so Limited Government GOP commitment? As you have heard the TEA party flavor has already worn itself out with certain factions of the GOP that wanted the votes but not the accountability.
Why focus on the GOP? Easy answer! The Democratic Party never offers a limited government platform so any legislation that grows government is an automatic YES vote for them. VetTheGov must note that one Democrat actually voted NO on SB11-200 John Soper from HD 34 Thornton even though he received $2,300.00 from CMS. Wonder if he missed the YES vote button?
VetTheGov must note all 15 GOP Senators voted NO!
VetTheGov discovered the vote tallies not under the actual bill on Colorado's General Assembly website, but under another bill HB11-1014. Here is the information VetTheGov has been waiting for to determine which GOP house members voted for SB11-200.
Here are the GOP House members that voted for SB11-200 and the amount of money they received from CMS:
Kathleen Conti-None; Don Coram-$400.00; Cheri Gerou-$1,400.00; James Kerr-None; Larry Liston-$1,200.00; Tom Massey-$1,200.00; Frank McNulty-$500.00; Carole Murray-$2,200.00; Kevin Priola-$915.00; Robert Ramirez-None; Amy Stephens-$1,300.00; Ken Summers-$800.00; Spencer Swalm-$1,600.00.
CMS has donated $11,515.00 to the above GOP candidates and all but three have accepted these donations from an organization that is pushing the Affordable Care Act here in Colorado. VetTheGov searched the Secretary of State's website and found the three non-CMS recipients had other health care related donations to their campaign committees.
VetTheGov thinks the $30K salary is much needed these days so they vote for more votes!
Are they representing YOU or special interest? Are they representing YOU or BIG Government? Hard to tell these days but I bet somewhere in their campaign speeches they were cozy with the TEA party crowd. Since nothing was accomplished for job creation, the last fight for the GOP became maps in which the courts will now decide. We the People will wish we had Cleared the Bench! The People definitely need to continue to clear the GOP legislators to ones that actually represent Limited Government. Could prove difficult with Ryan Call and his 51% republican candidates we will soon begin to see.
Speaking of maps, VetTheGov noticed percentage breakdowns of how they try to equalize and protect districts and the main percentage that stood out was the Independents. If there was traction within a third party the time may be upon Independents to make a stance within one of these groups. In almost every map, percentages of Independents were averaging between 30-40% in every district.
VetTheGov wonders why the rush for SB11-200? It wouldn't need to be in place until 2014. Where are the GOP strategist that could of allowed the democrats to hang themselves out there on this legislation? Why not let Gov. Hickenlooper sign an executive order for health exchanges? Why not wait to try and gain more GOP Senate seats? Too many questions and of course more smoke and mirrors out of the GOP. The famous GOP line is get involved and make changes but when you try you are given the get back in line and stop dividing the GOP speech!
The ultimate concern regarding government run health care is that there will no doubt be increased cost because when have you ever seen a government run anything that actually makes money or saves money? If you follow the money in health care, BIG Government has become too big to fail!