Gov. Hickenlooper is trying to remain relevant on the national stage by pushing for an expansion of government-run Obamacare programs. Meanwhile, it’s failing in his own backyard and nary a backwards glance does he give it.

Doctors and hospitals on the Western Slope have been waiting months to get paid by the state for the coverage they provide under Medicaid, with bills running in the millions of dollars.

Some of those claims have been denied since the system launched in March, the Daily Sentinel reports.

They wonder if they will ever get paid and some are struggling to pay their staff. It sounds like some staff are spending way too much of their time trying to get the state to pay them rather than running medical facilities. And guess what? That costs taxpayers even more money.

That’s the problem with government-run health care — it’s run by the government.