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  • Three ways Republicans could better reform the ACA
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    In last Sunday’s Denver Post, John Ingold wrote a front page story entitled “The Faces of Medicaid.” In this story he compassionately described a little girl who was disabled, a boy with severe autism and a senior suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. Ingold highlighted their dependence on Medicaid, a shared federal/state partnership that provides a health care safety net for the poor and disabled. The Republican-led Congress is now considering significant reforms to Medicaid due to its sky-ro... Read more

  • Marijuana & States’ Rights
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    ..."the federal government will respect our states’ rights and sovereignty" It is no secret that I personally did not vote for the ballot initiative in the year 2000 that legalized medical marijuana. Nor did I vote for the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. My personal views on marijuana have not changed, and if votes on these two questions were on the ballot today, I would still oppose both of these measures. However, the majority of voters in the State of Colorado did vote ... Read more

  • Preserving Local Community Banks is Goal of Choice Act
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman When I drive around the smaller towns of the congressional district that I represent, one of the things I like to spot is what I call "staple businesses." These are often "mom and pop" small businesses that have been around for decades and which you can find sprinkled all across America. Whether it's a local pharmacy that has been filling prescriptions for generations, a family-run dry cleaner, or even a small salon or barber shop, what is never missing from view... Read more

  • Sanctuary Cities and the Need for Immigration Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/coffman-sanctuary-cities-need-immigration-... The question of sanctuary cities is a topic charged with emotion as the controversy has come to a head with the U.S. Justice Department demanding the cooperation of local law enforcement agencies in enforcing federal immigration laws. Sanctuary cities are those local jurisdictions that have taken a formal stand in refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under any circumstances. They are consti... Read more

  • Reality check: fixing health care requires repeal of Obamacare
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Two weeks into 2017, it is clearer than ever that xing our nation’s health care system will require a full repeal of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This law has failed Coloradans — it hasn’t made health care affordable or accessible. Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle like to highlight the number of uninsured Americans to measure the success of the ACA, but there is a big difference between people having health insurance and people having true ac... Read more

  • Rethinking Immigration Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    One of the great honors that I have as a member of Congress is nominating young people to our nation’s military academies. Having served in both the U.S. Army and the Marines, I’m continually impressed by the many bright and talented students seeking to serve as our nation’s next generation of military leaders. The story of one young student in Aurora is one I will never forget. Monica Carreta wanted to go to the U.S. Naval Academy. She had just graduated at the top of her class from Aurora Hink... Read more

  • Trump should update military policy in Afghanistan
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans

    Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders to discuss what progress we are or are not making in that war. What I found is alarming: First, we need to abandon the Obama administration’s false narrative that it has been able to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, now down to 8,400, because our strategy is “working.” Quite the opposite is true; our strategy... Read more

  • Vets who aren't treated, but then discharged are harmed twice
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Too many of our combat veterans return home to find themselves needing help that often just isn’t there. To make matters worse, nearly 22 veterans commit suicide every day — a number that is far too high. What should be a core competency of the Department of Veterans Affairs continually fails those who fought for us. Read more

  • Federal and state threats to small businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Small Business

    The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the country. That may soon change. On Election Day, Colorado voters face two ballot measures – one for a state-run healthcare system and one for a dramatic minimum wage increase -- these could transform Colorado from one nation’s most business-friendly states to one of the ... Read more

  • COFFMAN: VA undermines trust, accountability by refusing to disclose report on hospital construction failures
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Veterans Administration’s internal investigation of the Aurora VA hospital construction project is complete. But the VA continues to deny requests to release this report, which details the massive cost overruns, delays, and mismanagement that occurred. American taxpayers and veterans are entitled to see the VA’s detailed explanation of how this project’s cost spiraled out-of-control, while falling massively behind schedule. Nearly a year after it was initially promised, a memorandum summari... Read more

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