Who will stand up for Medicaid, Medicare?
Because of the 2017 budget bill, retired people should get ready for some dramatic changes to their Medicare and Social Security.
It won’t matter whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent or none of the above.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., voted for a $1.5 trillion deficit. This will increase the federal deficit from $16 trillion to more than $17 trillion. And how does Gardner propose to reduce this debt? He will go for big cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Gardner voted to get rid of Medicaid during the Obamacare repeal effort. Medicaid is important for a lot of families.
So, who is going to stand up for Granny’s Medicare and the rest of us who are retired and count on Medicare and Social Security? Not Gardner. He is too busy with his Capitol Hill responsibilities. And he helped to sign into law new cuts for the 2018 Medicare budget, so get ready.
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It’s exhausting seeing activists who have no idea how well energy can coexist with a community as they try to dictate policy for the entire state.
I read an activist group filed a ballot proposal that wants “2,500-foot buffer zones between oil and gas development and occupied buildings, such as homes, schools and vulnerable areas, such as playgrounds and drinking water sources.”
This is essentially the same proposal from 2016 that didn’t get enough signatures to make the ballot. Here in Weld County, we’ve had the vast majority of the state’s oil and gas activity, and we know how to work together. We don’t need a statewide ballot measure dictating terms to us that put an end to what we’ve worked so hard to build.
If this even makes it to the ballot, I hope Colorado will join with me in voting no on it.
Stacy Middleton, Frederick