(Oct. 19) – Today, Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran joined State Rep. Chris Kennedy, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, and Coloradans with pre-existing conditions at the Colorado State Capitol to speak out against the devastating repercussions of health care repeal.

You can watch the full event here.

The event was part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour calling attention to Republicans’ attempts to sabotage health care, including a lawsuit that would gut protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions.

The 2,350,900 Coloradans living with a pre-existing condition would be in jeopardy if a judge sides with President Trump and the GOP in their lawsuit.

“We believe all Coloradans deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare,but that belief is not shared by everyone. Republicans in Washington have tried to torpedo the affordable care act and roll back healthcare coverage for Coloradans at every turn,” said Speaker Crisanta Duran (D-Denver). “We are committed to expanding access and protecting health care for hardworking families who are often one injury or illness away from financial ruin.”

“Washington has made rolling back critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act a priority, and we need to stand to up to these sabotage efforts,” said Representative Chris Kennedy (D-Lakewood). “In Colorado we have worked hard to expand access to care, increase transparency, and reduce costs and these are issues we will continue to fight for. We believe all Coloradans should have access to quality healthcare, and that’s why we are here.”

“The communities I serve in Denver and people across the state deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare for themselves and their families,” said Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks. “Right now coverage is shrinking and consumers are being asked to pay more for less. We are here today to stand up against Washington’s relentless attacks on healthcare and support efforts to protect our care.”

“I am one of the 2.3 million Coloradans with a pre-existing condition. Republicans are using every trick in the book to repeal the ACA, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like me,” said Rachel Wall, a Coloradan with a pre-existing condition.“Taking away access to our health care doesn’t only prohibit people from obtaining treatment, it tells us that we don’t deserve to be healthy. Coloradans are sick of this lie, we are tired of fighting this fight, and we are not going to take it anymore.”

Lance Schendorf, an advocate with Mental Health Colorado, said, “The Affordable Care Act gave many people insurance, including mental health coverage – which had not been available in many health insurance plans. To keep mental health coverage and substance abuse treatment coverage, we need to keep the Affordable Care Act.”

“The Affordable Care Act saved my life,” said Laura Packard, a health care advocate and cancer survivor.“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the ACA and its protections for pre-existing conditions. That’s why I fight today and every day to make sure that those protections remain in place.”

“The stakes have never been higher for Coloradans’ health care,” said Adela Flores-Brennan Executive Director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, who emceed the event. “Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, nearly  419,000 Coloradans have gained health insurance. This is all in jeopardy due to Washington’s repeal and sabotage agenda, including their votes to repeal health care. Coloradans want this war on health care to end, plain and simple. That’s why we’re here today.”

You can watch the full event here.

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