State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter.
Aguilar is a medical doctor who specializes as a lawmaker on health care policy. This year, she said, her preferred topic was a sea of question marks for being the subject of the wavering rhetoric of President Trump and the target of Republicans on Capitol Hill looking to bring radical change to the national health program put into place by President Obama and congressional Democrats.