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Truth Test: Hickenlooper on healthcare, Gardner on great outdoors

We Truth Test ads in Colorado’s Senate race: one about the Great American Outdoors Act by Republican Cory Gardner, and a healthcare ad by Democrat John Hickenlooper. DENVER — Viewers have asked for Truth Tests of a few claims made in political ads in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race: one paid for by incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, and one from his Democratic challenger, John Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper’s ad is called “Get to Work,” and focuses on health care.

The claim that Next with Kyle Clark viewer Nancy asked about is this one:

AD CLAIM: “When I was governor, we got health coverage for 500,000 more Coloradans.”

VERDICT: This claim mixes responsibility by Congress and the responsibility of the governor.

The claim that 500,000 more Coloradans got health coverage first relies on the Affordable Care Act getting passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Neither of which relied on the governor of Colorado.However, Hickenlooper did sign bills allowing for the provisions of the ACA to take effect.The ACA required the expansion of Medicaid.But, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states must choose to participate in the Medicaid expansion.In 2013, the Democratic-controlled legislature passed Senate Bill 200 , which expanded […]

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