Early on, critics of the federal health care law used the term “Obamacare” to disparage it. The former president later said he liked the name. In Colorado, critics coined the term  “AmyCare” — a reference to Amy Stephens, a state representative from Monument who sponsored the bill that created Colorado’s insurance exchange.

Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, reacts after being selected House Majority Leader at the Capitol in Denver on Nov. 4, 2010. 

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

What might surprise you is that Stephens is Republican. What's less surprising is that her position drew strong criticism from others in the GOP. Today, with open enrollment around the corner and the future of the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy, Stephens says the decision she made six years ago has been justified.

Now a principal for public policy and regulation at Denver's Dentons Law Firm, Stephens spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about the past and present of health care, as well as what the future may hold for Colorado.