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MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine; BA, Regis University
I’m the daughter of immigrant parents who moved to Colorado from Mexico, and I’m the oldest of four siblings.
I have served one term in the State House. Prior to politics, I have served as a union representative, a member of multiple advisory boards, and as a trustee on my local library board.
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Why are you seeking public office?
I’m seeking re-election because too many of my patients and their families are struggling. Too many cannot receive the medical care that they need because of costs, and threats to Medicaid only make this problem worse. Many of my patients suffer because their parents can’t afford basic necessities despite working multiple jobs. They all face a future threatened by climate change. I have carried bold pieces of legislation to help working families, including a best-in-the-nation paid sick days bill, and as the only doctor in the General Assembly, I want to continue fighting for social and economic justice.
What will your top three priorities be if elected?
If re-elected, I want to focus on expanding healthcare coverage, addressing the high costs of living that will impede our economic recovery, and continuing our work to address climate change. In addition to protecting Medicaid and CHP+ from disastrous cuts, we need to expand public healthcare programs and take action to lower costs. Meanwhile, we are facing a crisis in which costs of living continue to increase while we face a recession. To ensure that working families can prosper, we have to support workers’ rights, expand affordable housing, and provide financial assistance to help Coloradans make ends meet and recover. Finally, we must continue to take swift action to enact a just transition to renewable energy and ensure clean air and water for all Coloradans.
Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
The fact that thousands of Coloradans lost their health insurance during a pandemic shows how our healthcare system is broken. More Americans than ever agree that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I have believed for years that we need to work towards a single payer “Medicare for All” system so that healthcare is not determined by employment status. TABOR complicates this effort, so an expansive public health option would be a good stepping stone. However, we must work towards achieving the ultimate goal of universal healthcare coverage for all Coloradans.
Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
Growing up as a Latina, I know firsthand how many communities have experienced racism and marginalization through various forms, whether on the job, in a medical clinic, or during a traffic stop. The protests this year have demonstrated how police misconduct and structural racism have reached a boiling point, and the fact that the legislature listened by passing …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Politics