Senate hopeful: Free market will fix most ailments
Little-known state Sen. Owen Hill made his first stop in Grand Junction as part of his long road to the U.S. Senate on Friday.
Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican who was elected to the Colorado Senate just last year, spoke to a group of people at the Grand Junction Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court.
The event, to which Hill arrived about an hour late, was hosted by the Mesa County Patriots.
Hill, who’s hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in next year’s elections, said he has a better way to deal with rising health care costs than the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“There are four things driving health care costs right now: Alzheimer’s, end-of-life care, cancer, diabetes,” he told about two dozen people at the lodge. “If we don’t find cures for those the way we’ve found cures for so many diseases in the past, no amount of spending is going to fix the problem.”
One of his primary challengers in the race, state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs, was the chief sponsor of the state’s health care exchange program, called Connect for Health Colorado.
As a result, some of her opponents have dubbed it “Amycare.”
Hill also is facing Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the GOP primary, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate four years ago against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, was the first to enter the race earlier this year, but has done little campaigning since then.
Hill said the best way to fix most things that are wrong with the nation is to boost capitalism and the free market, saying opportunities can be created there to address everything from poverty to immigration.
He also said he opposes the Federal Reserve’s plan to buy back questionable home loans that were given by banks and lending institutions to repair the nation’s housing market.
Hill, whose campaign has been endorsed by former congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul, is the first GOP senate candidate to make a campaign stop in Grand Junction. Today, he heads south to a similar meet-and-greet event with the Montrose County Republican Party at the ReMax Building, 2730 Bill Road.
Hill earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He also holds a doctorate degree in policy analysis from the RAND Corp.‘s Frederick S. Pardee Graduate School in Santa Monica, Calif.
He and his wife, Emily, homeschool their four children.