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Ian SilveriiIan SilveriiAugust 9, 20166min294

There’s a terrible myth that has captured the minds of most right-wing politicians in Colorado and has even spread to the pages of this paper. The myth is that, somehow, ensuring that sick kids, people with disabilities and low-income women have access to healthcare is the reason our state budget faces annual challenges. Not the billions we give away in tax breaks every single year to special interests, or the fact that we have some of the lowest corporate income taxes in the entire country. Nor the fact that big corporations are allowed to stash their profits in offshore tax shelters to avoid paying their fair share. Conservatives will have you ignore all of those actual budget-busters in order to point the finger at Medicaid recipients — working families who are struggling to make ends meet.