Diane Mitsch Bush is the Democratic candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat.
What would be your first legislative priority?
Passing legislation for coronavirus relief will be my first legislative priority. This is the worst public health crisis our country has experienced in modern times, and it’s going to take all of us to overcome it. In addition, I’ll focus on protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act—particularly its protections for pre-existing conditions. To get our economic recovery at full speed, we must invest in infrastructure, so I will focus on working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle for an infrastructure bank.
How do you plan to represent an increasingly diverse voter base in your district?
This is one of the biggest congressional districts in Colorado, yet there are multiple crises affecting all of us. We have to strengthen our health care system to ensure every single person in our district can get the care they need. There are wildfires engulfing our district caused in part by climate change, and our public lands are under constant threat. No matter our political party affiliation, zip code, race, gender, income, or any other factor—we are all facing common challenges, and I plan to address them and face them together. I have a history of working across the aisle and bringing people together, and I will do the same in Congress.
What is your top priority, and what is your plan to address it?
Health care is my top priority—specifically lowering costs, especially costs for prescription drugs, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, supporting Medicare and Medicaid, funding rural hospitals, and ending surprise billing. Republicans, like my opponent, have committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act—along with its protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions. I won’t let that happen. I will protect and strengthen the ACA for the people of Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.