|#FBF to ColoradoCare kool-aid mixer Aguilar’s adoration of RomneyCare
Celebration of #FBF comes after a terrible week for her single-payer crusade
DENVER—Advancing Colorado is celebrating #FlashbackFriday today by highlighting Denver Democratic state Sen. Irene Aguilar’s adoration for RomneyCare. The recognition comes on the heels of an implosion in Colorado politics over the $25 billion single-payer proposal known as ColoradoCare that has received national attention.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Aguilar has been on every side of every issue when it comes to health care and now, after adoring RomneyCare, she hides behind her white lab coat as she pours ruby red ColoradoCare kool-aid. Aguilar has the power to put an end to this madness like she did when she killed her own single-payer bill at the Statehouse. It was a bad idea then, and it is a worse idea now.”
Aguilar’s golden praise of RomneyCare included:
“Mitt Romney shouldn’t be ashamed of RomneyCare – he should be proud of it. The thing is: RomneyCare is working, and so is President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.”
This week was a no good, very bad, and honestly strange week for Aguilar and her followers when she hijacked a ProgressNow-NARAL press conference that received national attention. The press conference was held by the groups and featured Democratic leaders like Denver state Rep. Crisanta Duran, to criticize the proposal as dangerous and deceptive. Advancing Colorado spearheaded the opposition to ColoradoCare that now features every one from the far-left to the far-right. Virtually no advocacy organizations support the proposal.
“One of the most disturbing arguments we’ve been offered is we should remain neutral, despite the severe policy issues surrounding this,” said Karen Middleton, executive director of NARAL Colorado, told the Durango Herald. “This amounts to nothing more than waiting our turn.”
NARAL was reportedly asked to stay out of the single-payer debate by Aguilar.
“You think this is easy for us? This is not easy. This is tough. Doing the right thing is tough,” Ian Silverii, head of ProgressNow said at the press conference.
His comments ignited Aguilar, who episodically cut-off Silverii to declare, “I am insulted that you implied that I’m spreading misinformation.”
“Coloradans are insulted Aguilar behind the scenes tried to shut up a women’s rights organization and that she hijacked a progressive press conference to attack people who are fearful of her agenda. Instead of giving answers, she attacks those asking questions, and that is not the way health care should be handled.”