I believe that everyone has a right to affordable health care. No exceptions. Almost 800,000 people in Colorado are uninsured, and 180,000 of those are children. As your representative, I will work to make sure that all Coloradans have access to affordable, quality care regardless of preexisting conditions.
I am carefully watching the legislation moving through Congress and the plan endorsed by President Obama to control health care costs and insure all Americans. I support exploring ways for Colorado to establish a single-payer system. But until we see action at the national level, we must work here in Colorado to reduce health care costs, protect patients and consumers, and enforce transparency and accountability on insurance providers.
Our first priority must be to provide health care to children. Colorado was able to expand coverage last year even in the midst of a budget crunch through the Health Care Affordability Act, but declining budget forecasts may jeopardize efforts to expand health care to more children through the Children's Basic Health Plan.
I will also strive to make prescription drugs more affordable and simplify the bureaucratic hurdles our senior citizens have to negotiate to fill needed prescriptions.
In the legislature, I will work to implement and build upon any national plan signed by the president so that no Colorado child, family or employee goes without affordable and accessible health care.