King Condemns Party Line Vote to Kill Exchange Audit Bill

(Denver) – A bill sponsored by Senator Steve King (R-Grand Junction) that would audit taxpayer-funded Connect for Health Colorado was killed in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today on a 4-3 party line vote. 

In the House, not only did the same bill pass on a bipartisan 60-1 vote, but Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino voted in favor of the bill. 

“I am unbelievably disappointed in the Democratic majority’s decision to turn their backs on the concept of transparency and best practices in government by voting on a party line to kill this bill,” said Senator Steve King. “There has been bipartisan support for auditing Connect for Health Colorado from day one because it promotes good government and transparency.” 

On Monday, the Denver Post reported that Connect for Health Colorado had spent $46,000 on “exchange-branded packets of sunscreen and lip balm" and an additional $9,627 to rent an RV. 

In February, the Denver Post revealed that a Director at Connect for Health Colorado had been indicted in Montana for stealing from a non-profit housing organization. 

Connect for Health Colorado has signed up about 100,000 fewer Coloradans in the exchange than they originally predicted. 

HB 1257 was sponsored by Senator Steve King and Senator David Balmer (R-Centennial) in the Senate. Senator King is also the Chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee. 

The bill was sponsored by Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) in the House. 

To read the full version of HB 1257, click here

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