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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO


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Sep 8, 2009 Op-Eds
Without a doubt, our nation's health care system needs resuscitation. The question looms large: What specific reforms will breathe life back into it? Health care reform dialogue has become centered on the current proposals' stomach-turning price tag and the creation of a government-run insurance entity, commonly referred to as the "public option." Recently The Denver Post editorialized that inclusion of a public option is critical to successful health reform. Contrary to the editorial, a public option would not reduce health care costs, nor would it increase competition in the insurance industry.
Sep 6, 2009 Op-Eds
Competition is critical; a public option is not. Without a doubt, our nation’s health care system needs resuscitation. The question looms large, what specific reforms will breathe life back into it?
Aug 28, 2009 Op-Eds
So far this August I have held six town hall meetings and heard concerns from hundreds of constituents about health care reform. I have not seen any issue evoke as much emotion and passion as health care reform here in Colorado since the Vietnam War. While there have been a wide variety of voices and differing opinions on health reform, the majority of constituents I have spoken to in the Sixth District are fed up with the agenda Democrats have pursued and the correlated reckless deficit spending.
Aug 26, 2009 Op-Eds
Congressional Democrats have begun a road show as part of an August offensive to save their sinking health care plan and on Aug. 1, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as much, publicly commenting that this month Democrats need to “sell” their plan to the American people.
Jul 30, 2009 Op-Eds
You would be hard-pressed to find a policymaker in Washington, D.C., say our nation's health care system is not desperately in need of change and improvement. There is also broad agreement on the goals — reduced costs, improved quality of care, and increased access to care.
Jul 17, 2009 Op-Eds
This week I was visited by automotive dealers from my district, including two whose businesses had been shuttered in recent weeks as a result of General Motors and Chrysler decisions to cancel their franchise agreements. Having just gone through the pain of having to close their doors, lay off employees, and grapple with the idea that their livelihood had been taken away, each auto dealer I met with was left wondering the same question: “Why?” Why had GM and Chrysler chosen one dealership for closure over another?
Jun 26, 2009 Op-Eds

Last week the Ambassador to the United States from the Peoples Republic of China paid a visit to my Congressional office in Washington, D.C.  We exchanged pleasantries and then I got down to business utilizing my time with him to discuss international trade relations, currency manipulation, Taiwan, North Korea, and their recently expressed concern about the

May 29, 2009 Op-Eds

Last week, I introduced legislation that will enable the Social Security Administration to share information with the Department of Homeland Security to help prevent identity theft and for detecting the fraudulent use of Social Security numbers. 

Apr 23, 2009 Op-Eds

I just returned from our southwest border with Mexico. I wanted to see firsthand the progress — or lack of it — in erecting barriers to the drug cartels' smuggling activities and the violence now spilling over into border communities.

Contrary to recent statements from the Department of Homeland Security, the border fence is far from finished and the Border Patrol is still woefully short of manpower.