For me, the words “health care is a right, not a privilege” are personal. I fought against and beat cancer at the age of 25 without health insurance, but I could not imagine what that would be like with today’s healthcare costs. Our elected officials should be looking to increase access to healthcare, not decrease it. We already know the Republicans in Washington, D.C. want to roll back all the progress we have made here in Colorado to cut down our uninsured rate, but here in Colorado, we have seen efforts by our Republican colleagues to take away people’s healthcare.
In the State Senate, I fought a partisan attempt by Colorado Senate Republicans to repeal the state’s healthcare exchange, where hundreds of thousands of our neighbors get their insurance. As Commissioner, I will fight the efforts by politicians in Washington, D.C. to cut the services our most vulnerable people – like our elderly, people with disabilities, and children – depend upon.
Boulder County should be a firewall against heartless bureaucrats who would take people’s healthcare away to give tax cuts to billionaires, and if I am elected Commissioner, Boulder County will be that firewall.