News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

November 1st marked the beginning of Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Americans once again have the opportunity to sign up for quality, affordable coverage for the next year. In Colorado, Open Enrollment lasts until January 12 – but why not avoid the rush? Visit connectforhealthco.com to compare options and find the right plan for you and your family.

 

I’ve supported the ACA from the start, and as many of you know, I’m also one of the original authors of the law establishing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  I care deeply about this lifeline for vulnerable children and families, which has long enjoyed bipartisan support. But this year, in an unprecedented move, Republicans missed the September 30th deadline to extend CHIP’s funding. Today, they brought a bill to the floor extending CHIP but also cutting funds for the Affordable Care Act, which could rip coverage away from 668,000 people. Republicans are presenting a false choice. We can save and even strengthen CHIP without gutting the ACA, and difficult as it was, I voted no.

Congressional Republicans released their much-anticipated tax plan on Thursday after assuring the American people for months of its supposed merits. But as it turns out, the bill does little for the middle class while rewarding the ultra wealthy, slashing the corporate tax rate and taxes for the one percent. Republicans shouldn’t be trying to ram through this one-sided scheme, a behemoth of more than 400 pages written behind closed doors that is reportedly being rushed to a vote before Thanksgiving. Instead, they should work in good faith with Democrats on real and meaningful tax reform. This isn’t it.

As a lifelong Coloradan, I have always had a passion for the great outdoors, and reject any efforts to restrict access to them. On Wednesday, eighty-nine colleagues and I sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to abandon his plan to nearly double or triple entrance fees to 17 of America’s most treasured national parks, including Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. The agency is already attempting to decimate funding for the parks; this new move, on top of that, is incredibly damaging and would likely deter millions of American families from visiting these gems. We should be making it easier for all to enjoy these natural wonders; pricing people out is absolutely not in the spirit of our iconic collection of national parks and those who worked to preserve them. Public lands belong to everyone, not the privileged few.

As always, you can visit my website where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, be sure to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.



Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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