Senate opponent’s postcard charges not true |

Senate opponent’s postcard charges not true

Ken Brenner
Vail, CO, Colorado

A postcard sent for my opponent in State Senate District 8 claims that, if elected, I will increase health-care prescription drug costs, reduce your options for health insurance and promote higher taxes.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As to raising drug costs, my opponent’s Republican Party forced Medicare to accept full pricing of prescription drugs. Medicare recipients could have saved billions had program administrators been allowed to negotiate drug prices.

My opponent states that I am in favor of a state-run, taxpayer funded health care system that, “Denver bureaucrats will get to decide where, when and how you receive health care.”

I don’t have a clue where he gets this idea! Colorado can do more to contain costs, ensure accountability and make sure that all Colorado citizens can access health.

He claims that I will raise taxes. For as many years as my opponent has been in the Legislature, isn’t he aware of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). Without the consent of the governed, no new tax can be passed. If there is a need for additional revenue, the people of Colorado will have to agree to it.

My opponent states that under my plan you will “end up paying for someone else’s health care coverage, in addition to your own.”

You already are! About $1,000 of every family policy premium goes to compensate providers for unreimbursed services. Furthermore, county and state governments are picking up the tab for indigent care not covered under a program. One of the tasks set out by the commission is to eliminate this charge.

My agenda coincides with that of Gov. Ritter’s 208 Blue Ribbon Commission, and I will work to implement the 32 specific recommendations. My opponent has provided no program and only attacks with, at best, misleading statements.

Ken Brenner

Candidate for state Senate District


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