​DENVER — Liberal congressional candidate Gail Schwartz flatly refused to say where she stands on statewide socialized medicine, Amendment 69. If passed, the ballot proposal would impose socialized, single payer health care on every Coloradan by raising taxes and doubling the size of state government.  

“Voters deserve to know where liberal Democrat Gil Schwartz stands on what could amount to be the largest expansion of government and the largest tax hike in state history,” Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado, said.  

It’s not just conservatives who oppose Amendment 69. In fact, Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, and several liberal groups have taken a decisive position against Amendment 69, much to the chagrin of their base. 

“Gail has made a shrewd political calculation to keep voters in the dark so that she doesn’t offend anyone,” Maher added. “If she comes out for the measure, the vast majority of Coloradans will oppose her on Election Day. If she opposes Amendment 69, she will anger her base.  Either way, Gail needs to understand that elected officials are expected to be open and honest with their constituents, even when faced with difficult issues. Cleary, Gail does not have the political courage that is so badly needed in Washington.”