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Denver Shouldn't Play Favorites With Parking Spots

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Car sharing has become a popular alternative to owning a car, especially in cities. In response to this trend, the Denver City Council has proposed a Car Share Permit Program. The permit would “allow permitted vehicles to park in excess of time limits greater than or...

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Gov. Hickenlooper's Veto of SB 213 Insults Low-Income Parents

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 3:06 PM

"Let them drink beer, while you pay." This is how Colorado taxpayers should interpret Governor Hickenlooper's recent veto of Senate Bill 213. For some families, SB 213 would have increased the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) enrollment fee to $20 per month. This is what the lowest income U.S....

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How to Insure Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 10:57 PM

You might believe ObamaCare offers the only way to cover people with pre-existing conditions — if you read only Colorado Public News’s misleading “fact check” on Colorado representatives and the contested health care bill. Actually, ObamaCare makes things worse, not better, for people with pre-existing conditions....

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Amendment 63's Foes Only Want You for Your Body

(6) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 2:33 PM

Should Colorado mandate that each car owner buy a comprehensive lifetime vehicle warranty? By the logic of a common argument against Colorado Amendment 63 and for mandatory medical insurance, the answer is "Yes." Mandatory insurance treats your body as a means to political ends, rather than respecting your rights...

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Amendment 63 vs. Cost-Shift Hypocrisy

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 12:03 AM

Want to be taxed $5 to save just $1? Expect this kind of health care "reform" from those claiming to protect you from what's called the "uninsured cost-shift."

Minimizing cost-shifting is the most common argument against Colorado Amendment 63, and for mandatory insurance. It's not only flawed, but hypocritical....

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Amendment 63 vs. the Unlicensed Vampire Alarmists

(9) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 9:41 PM

Does the Colorado Constitution guarantee the rights of violent criminals to be armed in prison or when released on parole? You might think so if you believe criticisms of Amendment 63.

Amendment 63 would prohibit the state from forcing you to buy a politician-approved health plan...

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Colorado Amendment 63: Freedom Is Too "Haphazard" for Bell Policy Center

(11) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 5:17 PM

In a recent Denver Post op-ed, Bob Semro of the Bell Policy Center writes that Amendment 63 would "move Colorado to a less protected, more haphazard health care system where people pay directly for services rather than having health insurance." What Bob Semro called "haphazard" is really personal...

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Colorado Amendment 63 and Its Shifty Opposition

(11) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM

Mandatory insurance takes what's wrong with health insurance and makes it worse. It means higher costs, less incentive to please patients, and the prohibition of affordable insurance plans. Amendment 63 would block Colorado politicians from imposing mandatory insurance. It would also prevent the feds from pressuring...

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Questioning Your "Compassionate" Politics

(26) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 4:30 PM

"You oppose Medicaid and government-run schools? You're heartless and lack compassion."  If you have ever made this accusation, even tacitly, I invite you to reconsider the government policies you support.

Why does being compassionate mean supporting government-run schools and health plans? This makes little sense if you view these programs...

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