DENVER, Colo. - Colorado's new Republican senate majority passed two bills out of the Senate today to increase scrutiny of executive bonuses at Colorado's ObamaCare exchange and require a performance audit of the struggling organization.
"On opening day of the 70th General Assembly, I committed to the people of Colorado that we would take responsibility for the endless trail of failing government programs with questionable results and poor accountability," said Senate President Bill Cadman. "If we are complacent to keep broken bureaucracies, then we are complicit in their failures.”
SB15-019 sponsored by Senator Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) passed out of the Senate on a unanimous 35-0 vote and will now be sent to the House. The bill would grant the state auditor the authority to conduct a performance review of Colorado's ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. A similar effort was blocked by Senate Democrats last year despite broad bipartisan support and a recent limited audit performed by the state found glaring examples of mismanagement.
SB15-052 sponsored by Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) passed out of the Senate on a bipartisan 24-11 vote. The bill would require any bonus for executives at Connect for Health Colorado to be approved by the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee.
Colorado's ObamaCare exchange has received bipartisan criticism for its mismanagement and poor business practices. In fact, an investigative report conducted by 9 News recently revealed that more and more Coloradans are being left uninsured due to a glitch on the exchange's website.
The organization was also recently the subject of a 'scathing' limited audit performed by the Colorado Office of the State Auditor and has been widely criticized for its spending practices.