(Action in comments, coverage to follow – promoted by Colorado Pols)
POLS UPDATE: The first video clip forwarded to us from today's Club 20 debates is of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, rejecting coverage of pre-existying conditions and making some pretty stark "personal experience" claims about the Affordable Care Act and Colorado's new insurance exchange. Fact-checkers, sharpen your pencils:
BEAUPREZ: What you need is leadership and not just conversation. And that's what we've had. We did all this, all this Obamacare, we did all of that and increased premiums on people, to take care of people with pre-existing conditions, I don't think so. [Pols emphasis] There is a much easier and much cheaper way and much more efficient way to do that. My, my daughter-in-law to be, checked on your insurance exchange, she got her insurance cancelled, and it would cost exactly twice as much to get a new policy as it did before. [Pols emphasis] Therefore, she doesn't have one today. That's a crime, ladies and gentlemen, you want to ensure people, you ought to make it affordable… (inaudible, applause)
The Denver Post's Joey Bunch reports from the gubernatorial debate:
Beauprez hammered on one of Hickenlooper's perceived strengths: a rebounding economy, citing statistics that painted a dimmer picture than those Hickenlooper has cited for months, including the nation's fastest growing economy…
Beauprez said Hickenlooper had not grown the state's economy as much as the size of its government. He recited his campaign refrain about his disdain for regulations.
"On Day One, I will freeze non-essential regulations," he vowed.
The affable governor responded with uncharacteristically sharp elbows.
"Maybe you should be running for congress if you want to target federal issues," Hickenlooper said. [Pols emphasis]
Both ways opening, sounds like he got the meds wrong.
OK, big event starting Gardner v. Udall…