It didn’t take long for Gov. Polis’s plan to allegedly save people money on their health care plans to backfire with increased costs for mandated perks that most Coloradans don’t need.

Krista Kafer writes in her Denver Post column that health care insurance under Polis has increased 5.5% to 7.9% every year, thanks to the Democrat-controlled legislature mandating more benefits.

Now some insurance carriers are leaving the state, and the companies covering the new options have jacked up prices by an average of 10.4% to cover the “free” benefits of plastic surgery, acupuncture, HIV prevention drugs, gender reassignment, mental health, and issues resulting from substance abuse.

Also driving up costs are more progressive regulations on insurers to be more selective about who they insure. These new networks must be “culturally responsive and, to the greatest extent possible, reflects the diversity of its enrollees in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation in the area that the network exists.”

Kafer writes:

Frankly, I don’t need a medical professional who looks like me; I’m happy with a fellow human who is good at his or her job.


Insurers are also forced to report on whether the providers in their networks have completed anti-bias training as though the insurance company were an accreditation agency responsible for monitoring ongoing education classes. Unless the woke fairy is paying whatever lucky employee is tasked with counting those beans, the additional cost will be borne by the one paying the premium.