ENDORSEMENT: Durango Herald Taps Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate - John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

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 eighth 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 PostThe Colorado SentinelThe Grand Junction Daily SentinelEl SemanarioThe Vail DailyColorado 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.

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