Nicki Mills -

"While Obamacare had noble goals, it has not worked. Costs are too high and families do not have the choices that they were promised. The Wall Street Journal said prior to enacting ObamaCare that it was 'The Worst Bill Ever.' And they were right. "

Affordable Health Care

Too many people in Routt and Eagle County cannot afford health care. The cost of health insurance and services have skyrocketed since ObamaCare was passed in 2010. And for the fortunate that can use Medicaid and subsidies, the cost burden has been placed on the backs of taxpayers. The current system is failing us. We may have the best health care providers in the world, but too many in our community cannot afford access to it.


We all know families that have dropped their health coverage because of monthly premiums that are higher than their mortgages. We know too many that have chosen to pay IRS penalties than buy unaffordable coverage with mandated features they don’t need. Those in the legislature know that the cost of Medicaid is skyrocketing and crowding out funding for teachers, schools and roads. According to a report cited in the Denver Post earlier this year:


“The study buttresses previous efforts to explain why Colorado — though repeatedly noted as one of the healthiest states in the country — has such high health care costs. A years-long effort by the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care concluded that officials here need to show “extraordinary public leadership” to deal with the many reasons for the increase.”


While Obamacare had noble goals, it has not worked. Costs are too high and families do not have the choices that they were promised. The Wall Street Journal said prior to enacting ObamaCare that it was “The Worst Bill Ever.” And they were right. 

Nicki's Beliefs

Nicki will work to reduce health care costs for the residents of District 26 and Colorado. Elected leaders need to make important and tough decisions. Nicki believes that people and their doctors should be making health care decisions and not the state and federal government. 


One idea that needs support is “direct primary health care” where people have their own primary care doctor with an affordable cost of around $100 per month. As noted in a recent Denver Post article:


“Although direct primary care has been around for some time, it is just now gaining a toehold with both physicians contemplating the switch to a different way of providing care and patients willing to give it a shot, so to speak.”


Direct primary care has worked and uses innovative tools to reduce the cost. If elected, Nicki will work to build consensus for laws that encourage a direct primary care system for some families and for laws that enable insurance companies to integrate policies with a direct primary care system.


It is very important to Nicki and those in this district that adequate care is provided to our veterans. Nicki will be vigilant about and fight for Veterans health care. Nicki also wants to work to provide more mental health services to families.


There must be better transparency in health care costs. The bill that failed last year in the legislature has to be improved and passed. Only with true transparency will families be able to make thoughtful decisions about their health care and its cost.  


Nicki wants to be clear about her priorities:

  • She believes the private market is the best tool to provide families affordable health care and services.
  • She will not support the taxes and impacts of universal health care.
  • She will advocate for transparency about health care costs.
  • She will support women’s health care for women that cannot afford it. 

She does not believe that health care costs can be reduced through unsustainable and unrealistic concepts. The only role of government should be to promote affordable services, insist on full transparency, and provide a health care safety net.