I have been painted as “anti-vax” and “anti-max” by my opponent, and that simply isn’t true. I believe in personal choices, and I trust Coloradans to make the best medical decisions for themselves and their families.
According to the CDC, ~95% of Americans have achieved some level of immunity from Covid-19, either from the vaccination or from natural immunity. Like the Flu, Covid-19 is here to stay unfortunately. I have never seen an issue create so much division as did the mask and vaccine mandates. It is my hope that we have ended the mandates permanently and that we can come together as a nation, a state, and a community to heal.
As we look to the future, our focus on mental health resources and access must be at the forefront of our discussions. In 2019, Colorado’s child suicide rate reached 21 deaths per 100,000 teens aged 15 to 19. We lost 80 young lives to suicide. 80 young souls gone forever. Today, we are the fifth worst state in the U.S. in terms of child suicide rates. Colorado’s child suicide rate is proof that we are failing the next generation.
Access to all types of healthcare and wellness is something Colorado has done well in prior decades. Access for those in underserved and rural communities is an area of healthcare we must not lose sight of. The deregulation of healthcare during the emergency orders in response to COVID 19 proved that that when we allow the industry to do what they do best, they can respond efficiently and effectively in the direst of circumstances. Adding more policy and regulation is not the quick-fix to our issues in healthcare.