Five years of high unemployment have driven another 216,000 Coloradans into such dire straits that they qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.
That jump – to a total of 608,000 people in major financial trouble – has cost Colorado’s budget an extra $1.4 billion since 2007. The continuing rise in the cost of Medicaid is the main reason the governor proposed cutting school funding again this year.
The top man in charge of President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid says the campaign is taking a page out of the 2008 election playbook by focusing on mobilizing grassroots support in swing-states like Colorado.
President Obama was on his way back to Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon after wrapping up a three state western swing at the University of Colorado at Denver. There he touted his stalled jobs bill and offered more details on his plan to give students more flexibility with their financial aid debt.
Western swing-states with growing Latino populations were instrumental in sending President Obama to the White House in 2008. Now as he faces what’s expected to be a close contest for re-election in 2012, the President is counting on Latino voters in battleground states like Colorado again. Many Latinos as a voting block have long sided with Democrats. But the party isn’t taking anything for granted this go around, and neither are Republicans.