Hickenlooper’s next major test is his national health care proposal. Can he win over both parties?

Between gasps from an oxygen tank, Donna Smith told Gov. John Hickenlooper the story about how medical bills bankrupted her family and how she needs the health care exchange to find insurance.

She encouraged the governor to continue his work to find fixes that will reassure those like her who depend on the Affordable Care Act.

“We are going to have to let people like me know that we don’t want you to die — that we don’t want you to end your life because you don’t want to bankrupt your family again,” said Smith, a liberal activist, at the governor’s recent town hall in Aurora.