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Economy - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Economy Building a Strong, Resilient Economy After COVID-19 INTRODUCTION In mid-[DATE REMOVED], seemingly overnight, our economy shut down. The threat of an invisible yet deadly virus created an economic crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. The fallout has been severe, lopsided, and unrelenting. Many small businesses, struggling to come up with the money to stay afloat, have closed their doors for good. Tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs and often their health coverage in one fell swoop. Schools hastily transitioned to online learning, forcing parents to adopt dual roles of working professional and at-home teacher and widening the digital divide for households without reliable internet access. Colorado families have struggled to pay rent while billionaires reached extraordinary levels of wealth. Through it all, essential workers keep going to work, risking their lives to do the jobs that keep our cities running, grocery stores full, and population healthy. These workers, disproportionately Black and Latinx and often without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), have seen their communities especially hard-hit by COVID-19 as a result.  The pandemic has highlighted and often exacerbated structural inequalities that predated this crisis. Systemic racism. Income Inequality. Unaffordable housing. Stagnant wage growth. Climate change. Unaffordable health care. Crumbling infrastructure. Attacks on labor unions. And a weakened social safety net unable to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. For too long, the economy has benefited the wealthiest among us, at the expense of small businesses and working families. As the richest nation on earth, we can and we must do better.   One of the many tragedies of COVID-19 is that willful disregard of science and mismanagement at the highest levels of government worsened this needless catastrophe. When the pandemic first started, President Trump dismissed the crisis out-of-hand, wasting precious weeks when the country could have been mobilizing a strong response. He refused to model good public health behavior by wearing a mask, opposed increased testing because he didn’t like what the data had to say, and sidelined scientists from his administration’s response. And Senator Cory Gardner stood by him every step of the way. While the House passed critical COVID-19 relief legislation in May, Senator Gardner went on vacation instead of taking action—leaving Colorado families in the lurch.  We need a problem-solver who knows how to get things done representing Colorado in the U.S. Senate, not a Donald Trump ‘yes’ man. As Governor, I helped bring Colorado’s economy from 40th in job creation to the number one economy in the nation. I know what it takes to recover from the fires, floods, and other crises that Coloradans have faced in the past. And as an entrepreneur, I have experienced firsthand the thrills and challenges of running a small business. If elected, I will draw from these experiences to rebuild our economy stronger and more resilient than before. My four-point plan calls for economic growth that is immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative to get our country back on track after COVID-19.  Here’s what this plan means for Coloradans:   Immediate: Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Inclusive: End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success. Integrated: Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers. Innovative: Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future. An immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative economic plan will make it easier for Coloradans to earn a living wage, build and grow small businesses, and develop the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy.  IMMEDIATE Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19  Prioritize Public Health to Reopen the Economy: Our economy cannot fully rebound from COVID-19 until we get the present outbreak under control. But Senate Republicans, including Cory Gardner, shirked their responsibility to pass relief legislation that helps Americans stay afloat and healthy when returning to work. The government must adopt a national, equitable vaccine development and distribution strategy—one that does not cut corners in the name of politics. In the interim, the production and procurement of PPE and COVID-19 testing should continue to be a top priority to keep workers safe on the job.  Support the Smallest Businesses: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a successful lifeline for some companies—but not everyone was able to benefit. Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, as well as many of the smallest businesses, struggled to navigate a flawed program that disadvantaged minority and small business owners who lacked pre-existing relationships with big banks. Senator Gardner personally advocated to expand the program, allowing large, publicly-traded corporations to be at the front of the line for assistance. Congress must prioritize assistance to the smallest small businesses through entities such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDI), which primarily lend to underbanked communities and communities of color. The stakes could not be higher for our 630,000 small businesses in Colorado and the 1.1 million Coloradans they employ.  Help Local Governments Through the Economic Crisis: States and municipalities are facing severe funding shortfalls due to the pandemic, which means cuts to education programs, layoffs for public employees, dwindling unemployment funds, and canceled contracts with local businesses. Congress should provide fiscal relief to local governments to jumpstart the economic recovery in states like Colorado and prevent further decline.  Pass Legislation to Help Coloradans get Back on Their Feet: From supplemental emergency unemployment insurance to eviction assistance and funding for schools to safely reopen, Congressional legislation is necessary to help Coloradans recover from COVID-19. The House passed a bill in May, while Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s Senate spent [DATE REMOVED] bickering without passing additional relief. In the Senate, I will focus my efforts on legislation that aids the Coloradans who have been most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We cannot afford any more delays. INCLUSIVE End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success Fight for Working Families: In 2017, President Trump and Cory Gardner’s Senate enacted a regressive tax giveaway to wealthy families and corporations. The results were predictable: inadequate support for workers and more stock buybacks and government debt. 60 of the country’s biggest companies such as Amazon and Netflix even used the law to pay no taxes at all. Unfortunately, these actions are part of a larger pattern from Washington Republicans of supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Revenue from corporate taxes, aided by billions in targeted tax breaks, has been on the decline for decades, leaving the middle class to foot more of the bill. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize putting money back in the pockets of working families. I support expanding and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which have effectively tackled poverty and boosted incomes for countless Coloradans. I am in favor of funding critical nutrition and workforce programs such as SNAP, WIC, and TANF—lifelines during and after economic crises like COVID-19. I will fight for a public option, to boost competition and lower health care costs, which are a huge expense for many families. And I will protect Social Security—which helps millions of Americans retire with dignity—against any attempt to reduce benefits. Help People Earn a Living Wage: For decades, the cost of living has skyrocketed and paychecks simply haven’t kept up. The value of the minimum wage has gone down by thirty-one percent from its peak in 1968. Stagnant wages put families in a more precarious financial position when the pandemic hit. This reality is unacceptable. While Senator Gardner has voted against increasing the minimum wage, I support raising it to $15 per hour, an action that would boost the pay of nearly 40 million Americans. Coloradans shouldn’t have to work multiple jobs to be on stable financial footing. A higher minimum wage could help rebuild a sense of financial security during and after this crisis. Strengthen Labor Unions: Unions are critical to an inclusive economy. Collective bargaining lowers income inequality, raises wages, and improves working conditions for all—both members and nonmembers alike. Benefits such as the 40-hour workweek, health insurance, and pensions are all the result of worker advocacy. Yet Washington Republicans have been promoting the insidious spread of right-to-work legislation for over a decade—a national effort that has significantly weakened labor unions in our country and put the profits of big corporations above the middle class. Unions are key advocates for worker health and safety—an essential priority during the pandemic. I believe workers should have the right to organize and collectively bargain if they choose to do so, and legislation such as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act are important steps in this direction. Boost Fairness in our Economic System: For centuries, women and communities of color have faced gaps in wealth, gaps in pay, and gaps in opportunity, which this administration has done nothing to address. Today, these groups are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I support legislation to boost pay equity between men and women of all races, which Senator Gardner has voted against four times. I will work to make childcare more affordable and pass paid family and sick leave legislation to strengthen the economic wellbeing of Colorado households. And I believe we must address workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community by finally passing the Equality Act. As Senator, I will make it my mission to level the economic playing field by supporting legislation that brings opportunity closer for all Coloradans. Support Wealth-Building Efforts in Communities of Color: The economic impact of racism is staggering. In our country today, communities of color have systematically lower levels of homeownership, a significant wealth gap, decreased access to credit opportunities, and less money saved in the bank. Over their lifetimes, for example, Black Americans can expect to earn $1 million less than white Americans. Wealth-building efforts, specifically those aimed at the Black community, will be essential to address these historic injustices. Congress can help build more equal pathways to wealth by increasing access to a quality, affordable education for all Americans, supporting homeownership in communities of color, helping minority entrepreneurs obtain affordable capital, investing in skills training initiatives and professional pipelines for high-quality jobs, addressing workplace discrimination, and so much more. Economic justice and inclusion must be a top priority for the next Congress to help communities of color recover from COVID-19 and to make our economy fairer and more resilient overall.  Invest in Rural Economies: From the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, Colorado’s rural communities are vital to the economy of our state. As Governor, I worked to expand broadband internet across the state, established Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and made it easier to start a business through the Rural Jump-Start program. In contrast, President Trump and the Republican-led Senate have harmed rural Colorado by overseeing the largest rollback of protected public lands in U.S. history. And Cory Gardner refuses to support the CORE Act—a collaborative, locally-driven, decade-in-the-making effort to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and boost our outdoor recreation economy. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize passing the CORE Act, as well as other public lands legislation that preserves the outdoor lifestyles of Coloradans and generates jobs and economic activity throughout our state. And I will fight to expand access to reliable, high-speed broadband internet nationwide, so rural communities can meaningfully benefit from, and contribute to, the 21st century economy.    Advocate for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers: President Trump has been bad for Colorado agriculture. He picked a fight with China, leading to tariffs that have had catastrophic effects on farmers and ranchers in our state. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has disrupted agricultural supply chains, put farm and commercial food workers in harm’s way, and increased the volatility of meat and other food prices—all while wildfires and droughts raged with abandon. As Senator, I will fight for Colorado agriculture, as I have always done in my career. When I was governor, we collaborated with farmers and ranchers to boost agricultural exports in Colorado. In the Senate, I will make sure any trade deal ratified by the United States is to their benefit. I will work to ensure that agriculture remains a viable career path for Coloradans and that the federal government supports beginning farmers and ranchers. I will advocate for small farmers grappling with agricultural consolidation, as well as farms that adopt sustainable and regenerative practices. And I will ensure that Colorado farmers and ranchers have their voices heard during farm bill negotiations in 2022. Unlike President Trump and Senator Gardner, I will always advocate for our farming and ranching communities.  Address Housing Inequality: Affordable housing is a fundamental necessity. During a pandemic, it is a lifeline. Yet decades of segregationist and racist housing policies have left communities of color more housing insecure than their white peers. Expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and compliance with the 1968 Fair Housing Act are critical steps towards reducing this disparity. If elected to the Senate, I will also push for the inclusion of affordable housing in any major infrastructure package we consider, work to make sure all new federal housing units meet accessibility guidelines for individuals with disabilities, and hold lenders accountable for discrimination and predatory housing loans.  Make Higher Education More Affordable: Higher education can be a powerful tool for economic mobility. Yet our present model is failing to deliver on this promise. For many students, the cost of college is prohibitive and the return on investment increasingly unclear. Congress has failed to respond, leaving Americans crushed by student debt. Senator Gardner has voted at least four times against allowing borrowers to refinance student loans and at least 10 times to cut funding for Pell Grants. I believe we must act swiftly to reform student loans: lowering interest rates and expanding loan forgiveness for those working in public service or rural areas. Community colleges offer flexible, industry-aligned credentials, and should be accessible tuition-free for those who need it. And I support expanding Pell Grant eligibility to include short-term workforce training to help adult learners acquire skills that help preserve their competitive edge. INTEGRATED Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers Expand Apprenticeship Programs: Only thirty-nine percent of young people in the United States ever complete a bachelor’s degree or higher. Apprenticeships are powerful alternatives that help shift the conversation away from expensive degrees and towards the skills needed to do the job. While the Trump Administration proposed an apprenticeship program that undermines fair wages and labor standards, I helped establish CareerWise in Colorado, a job training program that provides students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. In addition, we launched the Skillful State Network, a bipartisan community of 20 fellow governors focused on promoting skills acquisition in hiring, which continues to [DATE REMOVED]. By working in the Senate to support these types of programs nationwide, we can expand certified skills training programs to students across America, encourage employers to hire based on clearly-defined abilities, and provide workers with a pathway to well-paying, dignified work without a college degree. Doing so could close employment gaps in manufacturing, trades, rural health care, technology, and provide diverse cohorts of students the on-the-job training they need to succeed in the economy of the future. Preparing our Workforce for the Future: Twenty-five percent of all jobs are at a high risk of automation, portending a future of mass displacement—particularly for women and workers of color. Embracing the opportunities created by technological innovation will require rethinking how we support individuals most impacted by this transition. So far, Washington has done little to address their needs. As Senator, I intend to take decisive action. First, I will boost funding for training programs and incentivize companies to retrain workers in roles that build on their existing abilities. Second, I will expand access to certified apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job preparation for new, well-paying positions. Third, I will put power back in the hands of workers in the gig economy who do not enjoy employer-provided benefits by supporting the development of portable savings and retirement accounts, and reimagining the social safety net in the process.   INNOVATIVE Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future Make it Easier to Start and Grow a Business: Business creation is central to American economic prosperity. Unfortunately, it has been declining nationwide for decades. I intend to draw upon my experience as an entrepreneur to pass legislation in the Senate to reverse this trend and strengthen our economy after the COVID-19. We must start by increasing access to affordable capital, particularly for women and minority CEOs, through expanded crowdfunding and innovation voucher programs. Congress should also leverage the ability of CDFIs and MDIs to deliver financing in communities of color and set aside specific funding for minority-owned lending institutions and minority-owned businesses. I know from experience how important mentorship is for fledgling entrepreneurs, and I support facilitating opportunities for startups to learn from more seasoned business owners. Colorado’s Rural Jump-Start program has demonstrated the power of startups to spur entrepreneurship in rural communities, and I am in favor of the expansion of similar programs nationwide. And to mitigate some of the risk inherent in building a business, Congress can help by boosting the portability of health and retirement benefits. Finally, I intend to work with the Small Business Administration to streamline regulations for small businesses, which could help them keep a competitive edge in the face of increasing consolidation of large corporations. This includes reforming occupational licensing, which can increase business creation among groups that traditionally face barriers to entry such as military families, immigrants, and individuals with a criminal record.   Promote Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy: As a small business owner, I saw firsthand how creating jobs and protecting Colorado’s environment can go hand-in-hand. Our brewpub prioritized sustainability from the start, including by recycling cardboard, glass, and water before it was common to do so. And we prospered. Similarly, the clean economy offers an exciting opportunity to create millions of new jobs. Entrepreneurs can play a vital role in creating value rather than destroying it. That is why in my plan to address climate change, I propose establishing a Climate Corps Program, which will inspire more young people to pursue careers in renewable energy, carbon capture, regenerative agriculture, and green startups. I support investments in sustainable infrastructure, which will create jobs while greening our nation’s severely neglected transportation networks, as well as promoting clean vehicles on our roads. And for individuals working in sectors that will be negatively impacted by this transition—many of whom have the most marketable skills in our workforce—we need to ensure financial support, skills training, and community engagement are available to help ensure each and every person finds quality work in the new economy. While Cory Gardner unravels limits on pollution and fails to take meaningful action on climate change, I will focus on building a workforce built around conservation, regeneration, and renewable energy.  Support the Marijuana Industry: Colorado has led the movement for marijuana legalization since 2012. From a social justice perspective, this change was significant because African American men are disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana crimes. From an economic perspective, the legalization of marijuana created new opportunities for thousands of startups in our state, boosted tourism, and produced over a billion dollars in new sales and tax revenue to help fund education, mental health, and local government services. I believe Congress should deschedule marijuana nationwide, creating new pathways for entrepreneurship and medical research across the country. As Senator, I am also committed to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs of color in the cannabis industry. As a small business owner, I know how challenging it can be to access capital. All aspiring entrepreneurs should be able to take advantage of the economic opportunity this burgeoning industry presents, should they choose to do so. Invest in Technological Leadership: The United States has historically been the undisputed leader in technology and innovation. This primacy is now in question. While Congress dithers on key technological investments, other nations are racing ahead. As the founder of the National Cybersecurity Center, I know what it takes to prioritize innovation. I believe the United States can and will drive the development of artificial intelligence, 5G internet, quantum computing, blockchain, and other technologies, but only with a whole-of-government approach. A new national innovation strategy is necessary to boost research funding for agencies and require that every department outline a strategic plan for incorporating advanced technologies. 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Personas mayores - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar Personas mayores Los habitantes de Colorado creen que todos merecemos una jubilación segura y dignidad en nuestros años dorados. Pero los imprudentes políticos de Washington han puesto nuestra seguridad de jubilación en el tajo para financiar sus donaciones a intereses especiales. El presidente Trump se comprometió a proteger el Seguro Social y Medicare, pero ahora ha propuesto recortar el Seguro Social y Medicare, y él y el Senador Gardner apoyan poner fin a la cobertura de atención médica para personas con afecciones preexistentes. Es hora de renovar nuestra promesa a las generaciones mayores y jóvenes por igual para una jubilación digna porque es la base estable  para un futuro seguro para los mayores en su retiro  en los Estados Unidos. Podemos hacer esto protegiendo el Seguro Social y Medicare, así como reforzando proactivamente estos programas para que sigan siendo solventes en los años venideros. Debemos reducir el costo de los medicamentos recetados, aumentando la transparencia y la responsabilidad de los precios de los medicamentos, permitiendo la importación segura de México y Canadá de medicamentos que salvan vidas. Estas son políticas que ayudarán a reducir los gastos de Medicare y reducir los costos de atención médica en general. Y si el VA (Administración de Veteranos) puede negociar precios de medicamentos recetados más baratos, ¿por qué no puede el sistema de Medicare? Debemos hacer más por todas las familias que pagan mucho más de lo que deberían por los medicamentos que necesitan. Podemos re-imaginar lo que significa ser mayor en los Estados Unidos al hacer que sea más fácil vivir de forma independiente. Al mejorar las opciones de transporte y controlar los costos de vivienda y atención médica, podemos ayudar a más personas a vivir la vida en sus propios términos. Podemos ayudar mejor a los estadounidenses mayores a determinar su elegibilidad y acceso a los beneficios de SNAP (Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria), y nos comprometemos nuevamente a luchar contra el abuso de ancianos en todos los niveles de la ley. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Únete a Nosotros Email Código Postal Número de Teléfono Recomendación de canción Al proporcionar su número de teléfono celular, usted acepta recibir actualizaciones periódicas de la campaña de Hickenlooper para Colorado. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra HELP para obtener ayuda, STOP para dejar de recibir mensajes. Puede ser que tarifas de mensajes y data sean aplicadas. Política de Privacidad. Política de privacidad Condiciones Accesibilidad English PAGADO POR HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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Cuidado de la Salud - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar La atención médica es un derecho, no un privilegio. La aprobación del ¨Affordable Care Act¨ (Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio – ACA por sus siglas en inglés) fue un momento decisivo en la salud de nuestra nación. Por primera vez, las aseguradoras ya no podían negar la cobertura a las personas con condiciones pre-existentes o cobrar a las mujeres más que a los hombres por la misma atención. Los jóvenes podían permanecer en el plan de sus padres hasta los 26 años. Se prohibieron los límites máximos en dólares de por vida en beneficios. La salud mental, los medicamentos recetados y la atención preventiva se convirtieron en beneficios requeridos. Como gobernador, estaba orgulloso de reunir a legisladores de ambos lados del pasillo para expandir Medicaid [DATE REMOVED],000 habitantes de Colorado. También establecimos nuestro intercambio estatal, Connect for Health Colorado (Colorado Conecta para la Salud), que permite a las personas comparar planes de calidad y asequibilidad. Se ha descrito como uno de los intercambios más innovadores del país. En el proceso, reducimos la tasa de no asegurados de nuestro estado a casi dos tercios. Desafortunadamente, incluso con todo este progreso, los estadounidenses siguen siendo estafados por el alto costo de la atención médica. El presidente Trump y el senador Gardner han empeorado las cosas. El senador Gardner ha votado en repetidas ocasiones para derogar la ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA), e incluso apoya una demanda en la Corte Suprema que podría poner fin a la cobertura para personas con condiciones preexistentes, lo cual incluye casi 2,4 millones de habitantes de Colorado. La agenda de Trump / Gardner sobre la atención médica ha sido proteger las ganancias de las compañías de seguros y de la industria médica, mientras que el resto de nosotros paga más. Para muchos estadounidenses, el aumento en el costo del cuidado de la salud es una cuestión muy real de vida o muerte. Debemos construir sobre el éxito de la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA) mediante la creación de una opción pública que reduzca los costos de la atención médica y aumente la competición. Demasiados estadounidenses permanecen sin seguro o con un seguro insuficiente porque la cobertura del seguro es simplemente demasiado costosa. Debemos abordar el costo asombrosamente alto de los medicamentos recetados al exigir a las compañías farmacéuticas que sean más transparentes sobre el precio de los medicamentos, lo que permite a Medicare negociar precios más bajos y poner fin a la prohibición de importar medicamentos seguros de Canadá y México. Como pequeño empresario, me parece indignante que a Medicare se le prohíba legalmente negociar los precios de los medicamentos recetados, a pesar de que VA (Asociación de Veteranos) y otros países del mundo hacen exactamente eso. También deberíamos ampliar las mejores prácticas de Colorado para frenar la epidemia de opioides mediante la expansión del acceso a la naloxona, la investigación de terapias alternativas para el manejo del dolor y la actualización de las pautas de prescripción para revitalizar los esfuerzos federales para abordar esta crisis. Y, en todos los sectores de nuestro sistema de atención médica, debemos acelerar nuestra inversión en innovación e investigación de vanguardia. Un Colorado más saludable es posible, y la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA) proporciona una base sólida sobre la cual construir. Pero tenemos un largo camino por recorrer antes de que la atención médica sea equitativa y accesible para todos. Tengo la intención de luchar por ese futuro. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Únete a Nosotros Email Código Postal Número de Teléfono Recomendación de canción Al proporcionar su número de teléfono celular, usted acepta recibir actualizaciones periódicas de la campaña de Hickenlooper para Colorado. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra HELP para obtener ayuda, STOP para dejar de recibir mensajes. Puede ser que tarifas de mensajes y data sean aplicadas. Política de Privacidad. Política de privacidad Condiciones Accesibilidad English PAGADO POR HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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Health Care - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Health Care My Plan to Fight for a Healthier Future for All Coloradans INTRODUCTION Health care is a right, not a privilege. No matter where you live, who you are, or how much you earn, you deserve high-quality, affordable health care. As a nation, we have repeatedly fallen short of this aspiration.  Unlike Senator Cory Gardner, I believe universal coverage is possible—and necessary. As governor, I expanded Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Coloradans. I also established our successful state exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, which allowed individuals to compare plans for quality and affordability. In the process, we cut the uninsured rate by nearly two-thirds. All told, 500,000 Coloradans got health insurance due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in our state, and we reached nearly ninety-five percent coverage statewide. No doubt, we still have challenges to address, and COVID-19 has exposed how fragile our health care system really is. We should be outraged that people of color are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans. We should be outraged that nurses are wearing trash bags to work because their hospital has run out of PPE. We should be outraged that overwhelmed labs can take over [DATE REMOVED] to return a test, rendering the result essentially meaningless. And we should be outraged that Washington Republicans have presaged this failure by proposing over 70 measures to repeal the ACA, rather than addressing the cracks in the system that are all too apparent.  Senator Gardner has voted at least a dozen times to repeal, block, or defund the ACA and could gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions. He supports President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit that could overturn the law in the middle of a pandemic. He doesn’t have a plan to protect access to health care. So I’m offering mine. As your senator, I will fight every day to improve access to quality care. I will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. I will fight to cut the cost of prescription drugs. I will expand mental health and substance misuse recovery services. And I will strengthen our vital social safety net programs including CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid. More equitable, affordable, accessible health care is possible. COVID-19 has exposed how far we have to go to realize this goal. Time to get to work. BUILD ON THE ACA Establish a National Public Option: If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will support a federally-administered public health insurance option. Millions of Americans enjoy their employer-based or marketplace-based insurance, and they should be able to keep their plans. But for the millions who are uninsured, under-insured, or paying a disproportionate share of their income on coverage, a public option could be transformative. Not only could it make benefits more portable — enabling people to maintain their policy when switching jobs or starting a small business — but it could increase marketplace competition, lower costs across the system, and close gaps in coverage.  Undo a Decade of Damage: The ACA was a watershed moment in our nation’s health. For the first time, insurers could no longer deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions or charge women higher premiums than men. The law allowed young people to stay on their parents’ plan until age twenty-six, banned lifetime caps on coverage, and made mental health, prescription drugs, and preventive care required benefits.  In the decade since the law passed, Republicans, including Senator Gardner, dedicated themselves with singular focus to repealing the ACA. When that proved unsuccessful, they joined forces with President Trump to sabotage the law’s coverage gains. His administration shortened the enrollment period, destabilized risk pools, promoted junk plans, canceled ninety percent of funding for outreach efforts, and filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court that could strip millions of Americans — many with pre-existing conditions — of their health insurance.  In essence, Republicans removed the engine from the car and then campaigned on why it wouldn’t drive. Senator Gardner still advocates for repealing the ACA, even in the middle of this pandemic. As your senator, I will work to immediately roll back these Republican-led efforts to prevent people from obtaining coverage. You can count on me to improve the ACA—not dismantle it. Address Unintended Consequences: The ACA is not flawless. Strengthening the law will enable us to expand coverage affordably using the tools already at our disposal. We can boost enrollment by expanding subsidies to help more middle-class families afford their premiums. And we should fix the “family glitch,” which prevents families with access to employer-sponsored insurance from receiving premium tax credits on the exchange, regardless of whether or not their plan is affordable for the whole family.  Boost Access to the Exchanges: We could significantly reduce the barriers to coverage if we establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals who earn below a certain income threshold, and make it easier to enroll for those with qualifying life events such as job loss. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that thirty-one percent of Americans who lost employer-sponsored coverage during the pandemic qualify for subsidies on the exchange. They simply need a window in which to enroll as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Expanding SEPs in every state could increase the rate of coverage nationwide—a relatively straightforward step with lifesaving consequences, particularly during COVID-19. SAVE COLORADANS MONEY ON HEALTH CARE Strengthen Medicare and Medicaid: Our safety net programs are a lifeline for millions of the most vulnerable Americans. As senator, I commit to strengthening and modernizing Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Not only did President Trump and Senator Gardner not act fast enough to help seniors in this crisis, but Senator Gardner has repeatedly voted to cut support for aging citizens and people with disabilities. He supports capping Medicaid, which would cut essential health care services and make cash-strapped states pick up the tab. Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs: Now more than ever, we need to make sure prescription drugs are affordable. Twenty-nine percent of Americans forgo medicine because of the cost. This is unacceptable. Congress has been in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry for too long, and the American public has suffered as a result. Senator Gardner has taken $547,897 from the pharmaceutical industry and voted to put a drug company lobbyist in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services. In response to the coronavirus, Senator Gardner failed to support limits on the cost of new prescription drugs. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will fight to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. This includes allowing Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug companies; permitting the importation of safe medicine from Canada; requiring more transparency in drug pricing and curtailing significant increases in the price of both generic and specialty drugs; and investigating potential anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry. We simply need to find the courage to act. As your senator, I will. End Surprise Medical Billing: Surprise medical billing occurs when patients unknowingly see an out-of-network provider—even if the hospital is in-network or the service is an emergency. Colorado is one of only twenty-six states that have passed legislation addressing surprise medical bills. But the state-level laws do not impact people on employer-sponsored plans, so action on the federal level is essential.  Curb Provider Costs: The United States spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than other high-income countries. You and I feel those costs in the form of expensive co-pays and sky-high deductibles. Reining in this reckless spending could lower costs across this board. As your senator I will push for greater transparency in hospital pricing. The ACA required hospitals to publish their “sticker prices,” but that information is often difficult to find and rarely reflective of what people actually pay. For elective procedures, price comparisons can help put some of the power back in the hands of consumers. We must also support high-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients. While HNHC individuals comprise only five percent of the population, they account for half of all health care spending. Pilot programs around the country have explored providing HNHC patients with intensive wraparound services to reduce hospitalizations and manage chronic conditions. These efforts have shown promising results and should be explored further. Finally, Congress should consider incentivizing value-based payment systems, which reward providers for positive outcomes and hold them accountable for negative ones. Evidence suggests that not only can cost savings be significant, but patients receive higher-quality care. RESPOND TO COVID-19  Do What We Know Works: COVID-19 caught us by surprise. It shouldn’t have. The Obama administration created an office of pandemic preparedness that equipped the government to respond to precisely this type of crisis. President Trump dismantled the team when he took office—an irresponsible move that Senator Gardner ignored.  Once the virus gained steam in the United States, the president (after initially dismissing the threat) has categorically failed in his response. He sidelined scientists, pitted states against each other in a bidding war that drove up the price of essential PPE, and failed to develop an appropriate system of testing.  And while the country looks to Washington for leadership, Senator Gardner has provided little. Despite his oversight power on the Science Committee, he has refused to call out the president’s missteps and supports a lawsuit that would strip millions of Americans of their health insurance during a pandemic. We need to do better. The irony is, we know what works to get COVID-19 under control. Testing, contact tracing, social distancing, wearing masks, and providing PPE to first responders and essential workers are basic tenets of public health that have helped countries around the world manage their outbreaks. We need to scale up these interventions across the board. A vaccine will help, and we need to prepare for efficient and equitable mass distribution. That said, a vaccine is not a panacea, and until one becomes available, we will need to figure out how to coexist with this virus.  To do so, Congress should increase the federal share of state Medicaid costs to twelve percent, as requested by a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors. Additional funding is also necessary for hospitals that are overwhelmed and frontline public health departments that have been underfunded for decades. As your senator, in addition to restoring sanity to our public health response, I will shore up our long-term preparedness by supporting pandemic research efforts, global health funding, and engagement with international bodies such as the World Health Organization. Targeted relief now, and careful preparation [DATE REMOVED] will help resolve this crisis and prevent future ones. Address the Long-Term Health Impacts of the Pandemic: We are still learning about the health impacts of COVID-19. Preliminary reports suggest patients can experience chronic heart, lung, and neurological issues after recovering from the acute phase of the disease. In addition, individuals who have deferred visits to physicians because of a moratorium on elective procedures will have pent-up demand for care. And fears are emerging of a mental health crisis in patients, first responders, and people whose lives have been disrupted by this pandemic. Congress must act to establish a national effort to study both the chronic impacts of COVID-19, as well as to coordinate federal resources to strengthen the capacity of our healthcare system in the face of increased demand. And we must protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, which includes the millions of Americans who have recovered from COVID-19. Prioritize Oversight and Accountability in Relief Packages: Congress has appropriated over $2.4 trillion dollars to address the coronavirus pandemic. This money is desperately needed. Without strong coordination of government resources at the federal level, we will experience an even greater catastrophe in our economy, schools, and health care system. It is also desperately in need of accountability. President Trump has declared he will not comply with aspects of the oversight requirements. He fired the Inspector General responsible for overseeing the Department of Health and Human Services after she issued a report critical of his response. He also fired the Inspector General selected to lead the committee tasked with overseeing the administration of COVID-19 relief. And hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic assistance have gone to donors who do business with the Trump Organization. No wonder the administration is unwilling to be transparent about the recipients of this government support—its members are actively profiting off of it. If elected to the Senate, I will join my colleagues in pushing for robust oversight of the stimulus packages, to ensure that the money gets to those who need it most.  PRIORITIZE PUBLIC HEALTH Fund Community Health Centers: Sixty percent of American adults suffer from a chronic condition. Forty-two percent have two or more. Yet according to the CDC, in 2015 only eight percent of adults thirty-five or older received the type of care designed to manage these conditions—or prevent them entirely. Preventive care is a cost-effective, critical component of living healthier lives. Community health centers are one of the best ways to provide preventive care. They are an essential part of the health safety net, serving 28 million Americans and 1 in 5 Medicaid patients. And their value often extends far beyond primary care, with integrated services such as nutrition counseling, smoking cessation therapies, enrollment support for government assistance programs, early detection screenings, and much more. These clinics were struggling before the pandemic, but now they are on the front lines of COVID-19. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will make sure these critical health facilities have the support they need. Prioritize the Social Determinants of Health: Prevention does not stop at the clinic door. It is rooted in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the education we receive, the job we go to during the day, and the home we return to at [DATE REMOVED]. From safe neighborhoods to strong social ties, non-medical factors routinely impact our health. And these social determinants are a major contributor to disparities in health outcomes along racial or economic lines. As senator, I am committed to strengthening SNAP, increasing access to affordable housing, improving the quality of education, addressing the food deserts in underserved communities, and investing in our economic recovery—all of which will contribute to the health and wellbeing of Americans.  Improve Treatment for Substance Misuse and Mental Health: COVID-19 has caused dislocation, isolation, and extreme economic hardship for many Americans. Experts warn that rates of addiction and mental health crises will rise in tandem. But both were challenges before the virus and will continue to be after the pandemic has passed. Today, nearly half of Americans report COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health. In the short-term, I support the allocation of dedicated emergency funds to address the substance misuse and mental health effects of COVID-19. In the long-term, I am committed to funding Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and substance misuse treatment programs, supporting community-led efforts to end stigma associated with seeking help, and investing in telehealth for counseling. In 2013, I signed a bill requiring coverage for substance misuse and mental health treatment by individual and group plans. I am committed to continuing this advocacy in the U.S. Senate. In addition, I support scaling up Colorado’s best practices to curb the opioid epidemic by expanding access to naloxone treatment, researching alternative pain management therapies, supporting Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT)—a whole-patient approach to substance misuse, and updating prescribing guidelines to reinvigorate federal efforts to address this crisis.  Support Rural Hospitals: Rural hospitals serve 1 in 5 Americans. But rural providers have been struggling on razor-thin margins for years and our nation is facing a crisis of closures as a result. As governor, I was proud to offer rural hospitals some relief by signing a bill to avert hundreds of millions in cuts. I also expanded Medicaid, which saved 12 critical access hospitals in Colorado from closing. But the challenge is not over. The pause on elective services during COVID-19 has slowed revenue even more. If elected to the Senate, I commit to advocating for rural hospitals and clinics, to make sure they have access to the federal funding they need to meet the health care needs of their communities.  FOCUS ON EQUITY Address Racial Disparities in Health Care: Health care outcomes diverge dramatically based on race. This reality is rooted in structural biases, systemic racism, and decades of underinvestment in communities of color. It is not enough to simply expand the scope of coverage, we must change the nature of how care is provided to ensure more equal treatment for all. I support funding research into outcomes where divergences are pronounced — including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and maternal and infant mortality — to better understand their roots. Congress should appropriate funds for programs addressing the social determinants of health, including nutritious food, public transportation, and safe spaces for physical activity. Training and educational programs must play their part by prioritizing diversity and inclusion when recruiting the next generation of practitioners, and curriculums should provide thorough training in identifying and correcting biases in care. And communities of color should have a seat at the table for all discussions of health care reforms. Honor Our Commitment to America’s Veterans: As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to our service men and women. These heroes put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. When they return home, it should be to a health care system that fully supports their reentry to civilian life. The ACA was a big leap forward in this regard. Almost half a million veterans obtained coverage under the law, with coverage gains being the largest in Medicaid expansion states like Colorado. But challenges remain in the form of long wait times and logistical hurdles. For example, these obstacles limit access to care for the estimated twenty percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from major depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the U.S. Senate, I will be an advocate for our nation’s veterans, working to ensure we provide programmatic support commensurate with their sacrifice. Secure Reproductive Rights: Roe v. Wade is threatened more than ever before. Reproductive rights are under attack in courtrooms, in the U.S. Senate, and in legislatures across the country. The constitutionally protected right to an abortion is an essential component of reproductive health care. We must also guarantee access to affordable and safe contraception — covered in the ACA — and coverage for routine cancer screenings and management of chronic conditions. I support organizations like Planned Parenthood, which provide intersectional care for individuals of all ages, identities, and backgrounds.  Birth equity is also of vital importance. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the industrialized world, and Black women die three to four times more often than white women when giving birth. Individuals of color deserve equal access to high-quality, patient-centered care, which I am committed to fighting for as senator. This means gathering data about maternal mortality, investing in culturally sensitive perinatal care and doula training, extending Medicaid coverage for new mothers to [DATE REMOVED], providing wraparound services for new mothers, and using innovative payment models to incentivize improved outcomes. As senator, I pledge to protect the right to choose, fully fund critical government programs for reproductive health such as Title X, and work to reduce racial disparities across the spectrum of reproductive care.  Fight for Comprehensive Care for LGBTQ Americans: Even after the passage of the ACA, LGBTQ Americans are more likely to be uninsured than non-LGBTQ Americans. The numbers are even higher for transgender individuals and queer people of color. And when fifty-five percent of LGBTQ Coloradans fear being treated differently by their provider, it is clear that insurance is only a part of the problem. LGBTQ individuals deserve to receive gender-affirming and inclusive care. Congress should expand competency training for physicians to address internal biases regarding gender and sexual orientation. Transgender Americans suffer inconsistent coverage for hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery, and Congress should step in to equalize access to medically necessary treatments and discrimination-free care. Finally, I support ending the FDA’s restriction on blood donations from men who have sex with men, an antiquated policy that embodies the legacy of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the medical community.  Prioritize the Needs of Americans with Disabilities: Any conversations about health care reform must center the voices of Americans with disabilities. As senator, I will commit to just that. I will work to make sure that a public option is structured to meet the needs of the disability community by soliciting input from the individuals who would be directly affected. In addition, I support ending the two-year waiting period for coverage under Medicare for people who become disabled before the age of sixty-five and raising the standard of Medicaid coverage for people with disabilities nationwide. Finally, Congress should appropriate additional funding for disability services, including reducing the shortage of direct support professionals who work with people with disabilities. INVEST IN OUR FUTURE Restore the Independence of Our Nation’s Science Agencies: As a former geologist, I deeply appreciate the power of science. That is why, as senator, I will support funding for NIH, the CDC, and other research institutions that move our country forward. These agencies are responsible for critical breakthroughs — establishing the link between E. coli and human disease (CDC), the creation of a hepatitis vaccine (NIH) — and their success is to our direct benefit. But Trump has sidelined and politicized these institutions during his presidency. In the Senate, I will work to restore the independence and leadership of our federal science-based organizations by voting for experienced nominees to lead these agencies who actually believe in science. Support Scientific Research and Technological Innovation: As senator, I will commit to supporting legislation that elevates cutting-edge science and technology in our health care system. Whether that is making investments in precision medicine and targeted genomic therapies, using 3D printers to make medical devices and prosthetics, or exploring how artificial intelligence and virtual reality could be applied in a health care setting, Congress has a role to play in nurturing the technological innovations that can make Americans healthier.  Expand Telemedicine: During COVID-19, routine visits to the doctor immediately stopped. But medical needs did not. Enter telemedicine, which the CARES Act expanded on a temporary basis to individuals covered by Medicare and Medicaid. I believe we should make these changes permanent. Telehealth is not a perfect fit for everyone, but for some, it works very well and dramatically increases access to care. It is popular too—in [DATE REMOVED], adoption increased by 4,300 percent. There is work to be done to enable telemedicine to reach its full potential. The technology remains a challenge, as many Coloradans live without access to reliable broadband, and we will need to modernize patient confidentiality laws to ensure data collected during virtual meetings is secure. But telehealth is here to stay, and as senator, I will make sure it becomes a safe, valuable resource to keep Americans healthy.  CONCLUSION The world is reeling from COVID-19. The pandemic is imposing a stress test on our health care system and institutions. Tens of millions of Americans are unemployed, and many lost their health insurance along with their job. Nurses and doctors, paramedics and first responders, essential workers across all industries—these are the heroes getting us through. This crisis is also an opportunity. It has reminded us that we are all in this together and that [DATE REMOVED]’s health care system can be better than today’s. As your senator, l will fight to build a health care system that works for all Americans. Change is coming, and it is long overdue. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Join Us Email Address Zip Code Phone Number By providing your cell phone number you consent to receive 10 or more recurring updates or donation asks each month from Hickenlooper for Colorado by automated text message. Txt HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg&Data rates may apply. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. Home Privacy Policy Terms Accessibility Volunteer Donate PAID FOR BY HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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