Colorado’s Jane Norton becomes one of the Trump administration’s prominent voices for health care repeal – The Denver Post

BOSTON — A top Trump administration official from Colorado expressed confidence Tuesday that Congress will act to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, telling state lawmakers at a summit that “the status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable.”

Jane Norton, the former Colorado lieutenant governor who now serves as the director of intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pointed to rising costs for health care premiums, limited insurance options in rural counties and tax penalties as the primary problems with President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

In an interview after her remarks at the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting in Boston, Norton said the Trump administration is “committed as ever to make sure we can repeal and replace.”

“Our senators and representatives are home now, and they are hearing from their constituents that we need to do something, that we have to have relief now,” she told The Denver Post in her first interview with Colorado media since taking her job. “I think we have to.”

The position serving under Secretary Tom Price makes her as one of the more prominent voices in the Trump administration on health care. And she faced tough questions from state lawmakers at the conference who are worried about how the decisions in Washington will affect state budgets and health care options.

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