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Gardner’s first Senate campaign move was a bluff

Officially, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s campaign for U.S. Senate started in March with a promise “to begin the hard work of rebuilding our great nation." Unofficially, it began in D.C. nearly two months earlier with a political bluff.

In Obamacare political battle, policy cancellation numbers hard to match

Republicans in the Colorado legislature looking to rail against Obamacare this election season will relish a statistical advantage.

Kaiser transgender coverage a prelude to larger healthcare changes

There was confusion and neglect and resistance and now that’s starting to change. Major health care insurer Kaiser Permanente has announced it would no longer exclude transgender Coloradans from treatment.

‘Obamacare’ not the cause of Colorado rate hikes

In the wake of the contentious health care reform legislative battle waged in the media and on the political stump most of last year and this year, health insurance premiums are rising in Colorado. State Insurance Commissioner Marcy Morrison has been fielding phone calls from angry consumers and wants to be clear: Insurance companies are hiking rates just as they have been doing consistently for years and not because of "Obamacare."

WellPoint’s 20 percent Colorado rate hike drew minimal review

As Washington again debated health reform last week, Coloradans enrolled in insurance giant WellPoint's Anthem individual group plan reeled from a 19.9 percent rate hike. Indianapolis-based WellPoint levied the double-digit increase here quietly in January, without a sound from Colorado lawmakers. A state insurance commissioner told the Independent he was unsurprised by the increase and "signed off" on it back in September.

In Colorado, pregnancy makes men, children uninsurable, too

When commercial pilot Matt Temme of Castle Rock was furloughed by his employer last June, he lost his health insurance. Temme's wife had coverage through her employer, but adding Temme and his son would have cost $800 a month— an expensive proposition for a family who had just lost a portion of their income. So Temme went looking on the individual market for insurance. He's a healthy 41-year-old. His son is a healthy 6-year-old. "I never imagined I would have a problem," he said.