Democrats Propose New Health Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Senate Democrats are pushing a new health care agenda -- which includes requiring children to register their immunizations, encouraging schools to fight childhood obesity and establishing a preferred drug list.

But Republican leaders in Colorado's statehouse say Democrats will have a tough time selling their proposals during a tight budget year when lawmakers face the task of cutting tens of millions of dollars in services.

House Minority Leader Joe Stengel says the proposals sound good, but there is a cost to each one.

Some plans, like immunization registries, already have been rejected by Republicans, who controlled at least one house of the Legislature for 44 years before Democrats won control of both houses in November.

Democrats also will look at legislation after the General Assembly convenes on January 12th that would allow Colorado to join eight other states that negotiate prescription prices from drug companies.

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