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ENDORSEMENT: Denver Post Editorial Board Supports Hickenlooper, Who “Coloradans Can Trust to Keep Their Interests At Heart” - John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate1%Skip 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 OCTOBER 9, 2020 ENDORSEMENT: Denver Post Editorial Board Supports Hickenlooper, Who “Coloradans Can Trust to Keep Their Interests At Heart” “CORY GARDNER IS EXCELLENT AT PLAYING THE POLITICAL GAME, BUT HE HAS PROVEN TO HAVE TERRIBLE JUDGMENT AND COMMUNICATE POORLY WITH HIS CONSTITUENTS” The Denver Post editorial board endorsed John Hickenlooper’s campaign for U.S. Senate [DATE REMOVED], writing that Hickenlooper is who “Coloradans can trust to keep their interests at heart, to make sound decisions, and to help repair our national system of governance.” Senator Cory Gardner, who the Denver Post endorsed in 2014, “had many opportunities to oppose the administration’s ‘burn it down’ approach to governance. Instead, he joined the enablers who turned a blind eye to Trump’s corruption.” The Post revoked his 2014 endorsement after Gardner sold out Colorado one too many times, writing that he’s become exactly the “political time-server” they’d warned against. Read the endorsement HERE or below:  Denver Post Editorial Board: Endorsement: Coloradans know John Hickenlooper — a man ready to serve us in the U.S. Senate  John Hickenlooper’s legacy in Colorado is that of a man who invested early in a dream to revitalize our capital city and then stepped up to lead a thriving economy, a prosperous business environment, a developed transportation network, and progressive reforms. Coloradans should reflect on Hickenlooper’s productive [DATE REMOVED] as mayor of Denver and his [DATE REMOVED] as governor as they cast their ballots for U.S. Senate. We know who Hickenlooper is: the Democratic who, as a candidate for president, decried socialism soliciting boos from a California assembly; the Democrat who convinced the oil and gas industry to agree to leak detection when the state legislature couldn’t achieve meaningful reform, and the Democrat who signed universal background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines into law after 12 people were murdered at an Aurora movie theater in 2012. He’s a man Coloradans can trust to keep their interests at heart, to make sound decisions, and to help repair our national system of governance. In fact, it’s Hickenlooper’s reluctance to enter into this race that makes him such an attractive candidate for Coloradans, most of whom would also rather not meddle with Washington-style politics. Is Hickenlooper a slick politician who wins debates? Nope, but this board is done with political gamesmanship. In sharp contrast, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is excellent at playing the political game, but he has proven to have terrible judgment and communicate poorly with his constituents. Gardner declined to meet with The Denver Post editorial board for our endorsement process. In part, we are sure, that is because of a harsh editorial we wrote in 2019 after he didn’t join 12 other Republicans to repudiate the fake emergency declaration President Donald Trump used to steal congressionally appropriated funds from the Department of Defense. “Gardner could still prove to be a great senator for Colorado, a man who puts his state and his principles above party and politics,” we wrote concluding it was a mistake to endorse him in 2014 if he was not going to stand on principle when the nation needed him most. Gardner traded unyielding party fealty for election-year favors: the Arkansas Valley Conduit, moving dozens of Bureau of Land Management employees to Colorado, and securing billions of dollars [DATE REMOVED] for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to purchase additional public lands and pay for a backlog of projects in our nation’s parks. The price for these wins was too steep at the federal level. President Donald Trump reigned unchecked — crashing through norms, knocking down constitutional protections, stirring up racial animus, leaving American allies abroad out in the cold, and claiming more and more authority for the executive branch of government. Gardner had many opportunities to oppose the administration’s “burn it down” approach to governance. Instead, he joined the enablers who turned a blind eye to Trump’s corruption. Hickenlooper is the better choice for Coloradans in these trying times. For [DATE REMOVED], Hickenlooper [DATE REMOVED] down with The Post’s editorial board — in a socially-distanced, mask-on meeting at our Washington Street campus. He addressed his ethics infraction head-on. “These are two relatively minor reporting errors that I made, that I took responsibility for and I paid my $2,750 fine,” he said. Hickenlooper mishandled the complaint against him — as we’ve already said — but we do not believe accepting a flight on a private plane to assist in the USS Colorado ceremony was a breach of Coloradans’ trust, nor was it untoward for him to attend a conference in Italy where his transportation and meals were comped by corporate sponsors. Hickenlooper should have disclosed these gifts or paid for them. If Trump is re-elected, Hickenlooper said he would respect the office of the presidency, but stand up to the president when he is wrong. Hickenlooper noted that Gardner has still not defended Colorado’s safe and secure vote-mail system against Trump’s assault on our democracy. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, yet Trump continues to say there is a threat of this election being illegitimate. If Democrats sweep in [DATE REMOVED], and we are faced with a single-party government as Republicans had in 2016, Hickenlooper assured us he’s not going to let his party push him around. “I think I’ve proven, a number of times, that I’m always trying to get people together. I’m always trying to do everything I can to build bridges and find common ground,” Hickenlooper said. “But when something needs to be said, I’ve never been afraid to say it.” We think Democrats should, and likely would under the leadership of former Vice President Joe Biden, take the high road and end this escalation of extremism. Retaliation is a zero-sum game that only hurts Americans, and it’s what Trump has done for the [DATE REMOVED]. Of course, we must rollback the most egregious assaults on human decency: family separations and other inhumane policies at the border and the abandonment of our global commitments to reduce carbon emissions. But Democrats shouldn’t end the filibuster or pack the Court. Supporters shouldn’t chant “lock him up” and our leaders must not continue Trump’s abuse of the Attorney General’s office. Ramming through drastic policy changes would be a mistake too, and Hickenlooper agrees. America needs to move forward. He does not support a single-payer health care system like the Medicaid for All pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I do think we have to get to universal coverage. Health care is a right, not a privilege,” Hickenlooper said. So how do we fill the glaring gap that exists right now between those who qualify for federal health insurance Medicaid and those who can’t afford insurance on the private market even with federal subsidies? The solution clearly isn’t to force Americans off of Medicaid, as Sen. Cory Gardner voted to do when he supported massive cuts to Medicaid in proposed rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act. Hickenlooper supports creating a public option, which is something The Denver Post editorial board was pushing Congress to include in the ACA back in 2012. While Gardner says he is an advocate for America’s Dreamers, Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that gave in-state tuition to Dreamers at state universities and colleges. For Colorado high school graduates who were brought to America as children without proper documentation, this was a life-altering piece of legislation. Gardner is on record in 2013 opposing the ASSET Bill along with most Republicans in the state legislature. For [DATE REMOVED], Gov. John Hickenlooper threaded the needle between working hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado as part of a global effort to slow global warming and lessen the effects of climate change on vulnerable regions. He balanced that against the risk of escalating energy prices and harming the state’s oil and gas industry. We think he struck a good balance and is ready to go further in Congress to reduce emissions. Coloradans know Hickenlooper: the governor who donated his $90,000 [DATE REMOVED] salary to charities while he was governor; the governor who helped us mourn and recover from floods and fires and mass shootings; the man who is ready to serve once again in Congress. 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. 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Education - 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 Education Building a Stronger Education System INTRODUCTION Education is one of the most important investments we make in our children and our nation. At best, it is a social equalizer and ticket to economic success, regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code. But decades of underinvestment in our public schools have made this goal more aspiration than reality. And COVID-19 has thrown the consequences of this systemic inequality, deprioritization, and  neglect into stark relief, with an entire generation of learners at risk of falling far behind due to the pandemic. The education system today is one where educators are working longer hours for low pay, school infrastructure is crumbling — especially in rural and low-income areas — and students are being deprived of the resources they need to learn and grow. All the while, our nation’s shameful history of segregation is on full display, with children of color being disproportionately relegated to the underfunded and underperforming schools that have the fewest resources with which to navigate the pandemic. Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration — supported by Senator Cory Gardner — have made the situation worse. They have proposed funding cuts to public education systems in favor of unprecedented support to private schools that cater to the wealthy. They have actively undermined the civil rights of LGBTQ students and students with disabilities. They worked to  erode Title IX protections against sexual harassment on campus. And they have made it harder for individuals defrauded by predatory institutions to have their student loans forgiven—while doing nothing about the student debt crisis plaguing our nation.  Now COVID-19 is straining the system to its breaking point. By shuttering schools, the coronavirus has highlighted just how essential they are. In addition to learning and socialization, schools offer a safe place for kids while parents are at work, regular meals for students who otherwise might not get them, and support for the mental and physical health of Colorado’s young people. The pandemic has forced administrators to weigh the pitfalls of in-person instruction against remote models; parents to juggle work obligations with the learning needs of their children; educators and families to grapple with the broadband and technology requirements of an overnight transition to online education; and students to make sense of their new, socially-distant reality, with the most vulnerable becoming even more at-risk. While it is a difficult time for all Americans, the years of underinvestment in our education system have made the challenge of reopening our schools during COVID-19 especially acute.  There is another way. If Congress makes education a priority, we would be able to recover in the short-term and rebuild a more resilient system in the long-term. As your senator, I commit to doing both. We must do what I did as mayor and work toward universal preschool, giving students across the country the benefit of what Denver now enjoys. We must invest in every aspect of our public schools, from educators to electives, with a focus on meeting the needs of historically underserved students and ensuring that a quality education is available to all. And we must make higher education more attainable, by increasing college affordability and expanding pathways to apprenticeships and skills training. I believe that a stronger, more inclusive education system is possible and look forward to getting it done in the U.S. Senate. INVEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING Ensure Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and Preschool: As a parent, I know that learning starts at birth. Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make as a nation to help ensure that every child is prepared for kindergarten and beyond. In addition, we know that parents cannot work without access to high-quality, affordable child care. That is why, as mayor of Denver, I helped create the Denver Preschool Program, which established free, high-quality early childhood education for more than 55,000 Denver students. As senator, I would support Senator Patty Murray’s Child Care for Working Families Act, which would provide universal access to preschool for 3- and 4-year olds and help ensure that child care is affordable for all Colorado families.  STRENGTHEN OUR K-12 SYSTEM Give Schools the Resources They Need to Reopen Safely: Our federal government has failed by nearly every metric in giving educators and parents the confidence that it is safe to reopen schools across the country. Instead, states and districts have been forced to fend for themselves. Schools desperately need funding to develop remote and hybrid learning plans, guide educators through this transition, equip students with laptops and hotspots to make remote instruction possible, ensure that students with disabilities and English language learners have tailored support, and meet families’ wraparound needs that are likely to grow during periods of high unemployment. These funds will also help schools without health centers or nurses — especially in rural neighborhoods and opportunity zones — to implement systems that keep students and educators safe and ensure proper health protocols are being followed. Finally, they will enable schools to provide the mental health support for staff and students that will be so essential to getting through this isolating and difficult time. It is clear that inequalities across districts that were present before COVID-19 are being exacerbated by the pandemic. The federal government has a role to play in filling those gaps, so that all schools, regardless of zip code, can facilitate a safe return to in-person instruction.  The House passed the HEROES Act in May, which included essential funding for K-12 schools. In contrast, the Trump administration has threatened to blackmail schools into reopening, whether or not it makes sense to do so, and Senator Gardner has done nothing to stop that effort. This is unacceptable. Science must guide the decision to reopen, not political expediency, and Congress should provide states with the resources and guidance they need to make those decisions safely. Invest in Public Schools: As a public school parent, I am keenly aware of the particular power that public schools have to equalize opportunities for all students. Yet when public school funding is still far below what it was before the 2008 recession, we know we don’t have our priorities in order. Colorado took enormous strides by providing free, full day kindergarten in 2019, but our school systems will need additional support to make this type of progress nationwide. In the Senate, I will fight to ensure we are investing in our children’s education, particularly through Title I. Those much-needed dollars can help reduce class sizes, increase enrichment opportunities such as after-school and summer literacy programs, and expand free and reduced lunch programs and Breakfast After the Bell. In doing so, we will work to ensure that every child in America is receiving a world-class education, which prepares them to compete in an increasingly global and competitive market.  In addition, I am committed to addressing funding disparities for schools serving students of color, low-income students, English learners, and students with disabilities. Investments in high-needs populations can help to prevent and address persistent achievement gaps between these groups and ensure that every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has access to the resources they need to succeed in school and in life. This funding was important before COVID-19 and is now essential if we are going to safely meet student and educator needs during the pandemic. Finally, we need a Secretary of Education who actually believes in public education. Senator Gardner voted to confirm Betsy DeVos, who sees public schools as a “dead end” and has done everything in her power to funnel resources to private schools instead. A strong advocate for public schools should be running the Department of Education to undo this administration’s damage.  Invest in Teachers and Educators: The quality of a child’s teacher is the most significant school-level factor in determining student achievement. But in Colorado, our educators have some of the lowest salaries in the country and the lowest earning power. As senator, I would prioritize investments in educator salaries, training, and support to ensure that Colorado’s children have access to quality, well-paid teachers. Evidence shows that teachers of color improve outcomes for students of color, so Congress should facilitate the collection of data on the racial diversity of teacher training programs to determine how to better recruit, support, and retain underrepresented educators. The Senate can make these programs more accessible by offering loan forgiveness to educators in high-need areas. Finally, Congress should pass the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, to protect the right of public school staff to organize for union representation.  Support Community Schools: In community schools, a holistic approach to learning acknowledges how much of education happens outside the classroom. Schools offer wraparound services to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of every student. Parents engage as partners in their child’s academic achievement. Discipline becomes an opportunity to reinforce a positive school environment—not to mimic the criminalization of the justice system. And school leadership teams are diverse and inclusive. I support building on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to increase opportunities for public schools to take a community school approach.  PROMOTE EQUITY IN EDUCATION End the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Students of color are disproportionately impacted by the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a practice in which students — sometimes as young as three — are disciplined under “zero-tolerance policies” and suspended or expelled. Studies show that this early criminalization can lead to adverse academic outcomes for students and increase the likelihood that students drop out of school and interact with the juvenile justice system. These harsh disciplinary policies are linked to limited resources in school systems, highlighting the importance of adequate funding to relieve the burden from educators who are stretched thin. In addition, Congress can help shift the focus from police to counselors in schools and incentivize restorative justice programs. When I was mayor, Denver Public Schools adopted a restorative justice program, which reduced suspensions by 50 percent and boosted graduation rates. It is work I look to build on in the U.S. Senate. Strengthen Supports for English Learners: In Colorado, English learners make up a high percentage of students in our K-12 public schools. Students learning English need targeted supports to help them excel in the classroom. However, federal resources have not kept pace with the increased percentage of English learners in our country. Congress should prioritize investments in Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide resources to school districts and schools serving high populations of English learners.  Fulfill Our Commitment to IDEA: Despite its commitment to adequately fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal government has fallen short of its promises. As Senator, I would fight for investments in IDEA so that students with disabilities have access to a free, appropriate education, without school districts and the state having to foot the federal government’s portion of the bill.  Protect the Civil Rights of LGTBQ Students: The Department of Education should be a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ youth and funding LGBTQ training for educators. It has shirked its duty to support students under Secretary Betsy DeVos. Since 2017, for example, Secretary DeVos dismissed every Title IX case presented to the department on behalf of transgender students and their right to use the restroom associated with their gender identity. Such discrimination can make school a traumatizing environment, and children can’t learn when they don’t feel safe. The department has a responsibility to hold school districts accountable for incidences of bullying, exclusion, and harassment against LGBTQ students.  Advocate for Rural Schools: Rural schools face unique challenges, particularly during COVID-19, and internet access is at the top of the list. As governor, I was proud to expand broadband across the state, but we have not yet reached everyone. Many educators and families in rural communities still face internet access issues, which have hampered the transition to online learning during the pandemic and widened the digital divide. As senator, I will make expanding high-speed internet nationwide a key priority. In addition, there is incredible work being done by educators in rural Colorado and across the nation. In the U.S. Senate, I will encourage the Department of Education to find ways to connect these leaders to share best practices and access resources specifically designed to bridge learning outcomes between rural and urban communities. MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE Address College Affordability: Student loan debt is a crushing burden for tens of millions of Americans. It is larger than the GDP of 175 countries. This debt load limits future opportunities and is a drag on our economy. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will fight to make higher education affordable for all Americans. This means ensuring service- and mission-based pathways to loan forgiveness by expanding Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). In addition, I support making community college accessible to all regardless of ability to pay, expanding Pell grant eligibility, investing in minority-serving scholarship programs such as TRIO and Gear Up, streamlining FAFSA, reducing the cost of student loans by allowing borrowers to refinance at a lower rate, strengthening protections for students and their families from predatory lenders, and accelerating the consideration by the Department of Education of federal student loan forgiveness requests. Education is the pipeline to opportunity, and, as senator, I would continue the commitment I made as governor to ensure that every Coloradan can afford to attend college and graduate.  Support Equal Access to a College Degree: Minority-Serving Institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, do essential work to address discrimination in education. As your senator, I will make sure these institutions have the funding they need to continue their vital missions. And for students who go to college but are unable to complete their degree, we must collect quality data on racial disparities in graduation rates as well as policy interventions that work best to address these gaps.  STREAMLINE TRANSITIONS TO THE WORKFORCE Expand the Use of Apprenticeships Nationwide: As governor, I pioneered a new way to organize and fund high-quality apprenticeships through CareerWise. The job training program works to provide students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. In an effort to make the teacher corps better reflect the diversity of the student body, for example, CareerWise is helping train students as paraprofessionals, with the opportunity to receive credentials and preferential hiring at their high school upon graduation. The federal government should expand these types of opportunities so that more students can graduate with an industry-recognized credential or certificate that prepares them for success in higher education and the workforce.  Support Alternative Paths to Higher Education: Congress can make higher education more accessible by incentivizing states to adopt concurrent enrollment programs, which enable students to take college credit while still in high school and can save families thousands of dollars in the process. In addition, as senator, I will work to expand access to high-quality career and technical education by providing more funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. And I intend to build on my work establishing the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) program in Colorado as governor. These public-private partnerships offer students [DATE REMOVED] of training for both a high school and associate’s degree and have helped thousands in Colorado — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — prepare for achievement in high-paying STEM careers.  Prepare Students for Careers in Renewable Energy: Colorado has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2040. We will need students to graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary for 21st-century jobs in this sector. Congress should consider specific funding for  skills training programs that can prepare students to contribute to reaching our climate goals while securing well-paying jobs that can help them provide for their families. 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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. 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ENDORSEMENT: Durango Herald Taps Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate - 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 OCTOBER 15, 2020 ENDORSEMENT: Durango Herald Taps Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate “ON THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUE FACING AMERICANS, ACCESS TO PROPERLY PRICED HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAL CARE, SENATE CANDIDATE JOHN HICKENLOOPER EASILY DESERVES SUPPORT” Today, John Hickenlooper earned the endorsement of the Durango Herald editorial board, his [DATE REMOVED] editorial board endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. In their endorsement, the Durango Herald writes that Hickenlooper is the only candidate who will protect Coloradans’ health care. The editorial also notes Hickenlooper’s success as governor in creating the state’s first water plan, his experience in small business, and his plan for “moving the country toward more renewable fuels and conservation.” Other recent endorsements include: The Denver Post, The Colorado Sentinel, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, El Semanario, The Vail Daily, Colorado Springs Indy, and Boulder Weekly.   Read the Durango Herald’s endorsement here or see excerpts below:Endorsements: For U.S. Senate, only one candidate has right stance on health care On the most significant issue facing Americans, access to properly priced health insurance and medical care, Senate candidate John Hickenlooper easily deserves support.  … Incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner, on the other hand, clings to longtime notions of the cure lying with cross-state line and common employment plans and medical savings accounts. Those ingredients, which would have been somewhat helpful in pre-ACA days, would fail to bring the breadth and depth needed to give Americans the coverage and bill paying they deserve. Coverage should be portable and not based on employment, nor should health care bills bring families to bankruptcy. The Affordable Care Act, which made it possible for millions to gain insurance, is not perfect. Hickenlooper would work to improve and expand it, while Gardner would vote to toss it out with no successor plan. The solutions do not lie in returning to pre-ACA. … But the Herald’s editorial board likes, as it has before, Hickenlooper’s roots in business. His brewpub, done collaboratively with other nearby business owners, brought economic vitality to several blocks of downtown Denver and added to the craft beer industry statewide. He served as Denver’s mayor. As governor he oversaw the creation of improved oil and gas exploration rules by conversation and negotiation rather than by force. The state’s first water plan, with more negotiation, was another badly needed product. … While Hickenlooper would be a leader in moving the country toward more renewable fuels and conservation, he has firmly stated that he is not an advocate for the extreme Green New Deal.  … Adding another Democrat to that party’s side of the aisle in Washington would help break the current Senate logjam, which is desirable. Hickenlooper would be helpful by envisioning the future and bringing his penchant for applying negotiations and moderate positions that made him good for Colorado. We endorse John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate. 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 hello@hickenlooper.com Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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