Enough is enough: Let’s turn the page and fix the ACA

For months, Congressional Republican leaders and many of their rank-and-file members engaged in a purely partisan effort that, if it were successful, would have had catastrophic effects on Coloradans, their communities and the state economy. Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans would have lost health care coverage and those lucky enough to retain their coverage would […]

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We Did It Together!

Last night, after the failed vote on a last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally admitted defeat. The ACA lives on and millions of people across this country and hundreds of thousands of Coloradans have the peace of mind of knowing that […]

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Action Alert: Enough is Enough!

Congress has been keeping concerned citizens busy with its many failed proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act. To date, all of the proposals are predicated on slashing Medicaid coverage and modifying health exchange plans and protections in such a way that the cost of coverage would skyrocket for older consumers, people with pre-existing conditions, and people […]

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A Better Budget: Stop hunger in America

President Donald Trump calls his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Alternately dubbed the “taxpayer-first budget,” the document proposes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years – largely at the expense of education, health care, housing and services that give low-income individuals and families a chance to maintain financial […]

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A Better Budget: Rebuild affordable housing

President Donald Trump calls his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Alternately dubbed the “taxpayer-first budget,” the document proposes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years – largely at the expense of education, health care, housing and services that give low-income individuals and families a chance to maintain financial […]

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STATEMENT: Health overhaul will hurt Coloradans

Today, the U.S. Senate released their previously “secret” version of the American Health Care Act. Senate Republicans worked on this version behind closed doors with no input from health care consumers, experts, providers or insurers. Despite assurances from Senate leadership and President Trump to the contrary, the Senate version actually is “meaner” than the House […]

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A Better Budget: Revive education and training

President Donald Trump calls his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Alternately dubbed the “taxpayer-first budget,” the document proposes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years – largely at the expense of education, health care and services that give low-income individuals and families a chance to maintain financial security […]

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Action Alert: Protect Our Care!

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what it calls the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin. Now, the U.S. Senate is reportedly determined to vote on its own bill in less than a month’s time by using an arcane procedure known as “Rule 14.” In short, this little-known rule allows […]

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Working Colorado: When part-time isn’t enough

Colorado is currently enjoying a historically low unemployment rate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of April 2017, the state has the lowest unemployment rate (2.3 percent) in the nation. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate alone does not tell the complete labor-market story. Rarely do measures of “underemployment” garner much attention, but they could […]

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House health plan would take America backwards

Any plan to reform the nation’s health care system should aspire to make health care better, more affordable and readily available for all Americans. Unfortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does exactly the opposite by slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from the country’s […]

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Trump’s budget makes ‘the unkindest cuts’

The one-two punch of President Trump’s proposed budget and the House-approved American Health Care Act send a clear message that the Trump administration and members of Congress care more about moneyed interests than the health and well-being of Americans. Although the budget is identified with the Trump administration, it should be understood as the culmination […]

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How Colorado’s largest subprime lender has raised the cost of borrowing

In the final frenzied days of the 2015 legislative session, legislators passed a bill raising interest rates on Colorado borrowers accessing certain types of credit. Policymakers were persuaded by the industry sponsor’s story line: an interest rate hike is needed to expand credit to Colorado borrowers and lenders need the increase to meet their growing […]

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