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As the father of a daughter with epilepsy, finding ways to ensure access to quality, affordable health care is one of my top priorities. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are approximately 8 million people enrolled who now have quality healthcare coverage. Additionally, Connect for Health Colorado reports at least 300,000 more Coloradans have now acquired some form of healthcare coverage.

Most importantly, the ACA ensures individuals with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against and kids can remain on their parents’ plan until the age of 26.

Health care is an issue that touches many people in different ways, and we have to move forward to make the ACA work effectively and to lower the cost of health care so more people can get the kind of quality care they deserve.

I am committed to working with all stakeholders including small businesses, medical providers, individuals, and employers to ensure comprehensive measures promoting healthy lifestyles which will enable us to take personal responsibility for our own wellness in affordable ways.

Additionally, I will continue to support stem cell research because this research provides the greatest promise we have to find a cure for medical conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. I feel it is government’s responsibility to invest in research that could save millions of lives. Nearly everybody has a family member, a friend or colleague who could benefit from stem cell research.