My canned response from Senator Cory Gardner regarding Graham-Cassidy

Cory Gardner will be voting for Graham-Cassidy, and will be sending his own staunchest supporters to healthcare Hell along with the poor, minorities, and women.

healthcare in americaLast Friday, I wrote to my Senator, Cory Gardner, asking him not to vote for Graham-Cassidy. My reasons were simple: it will hurt Coloradans to the tune of $800 million to $1 billion, with most of the harm falling on the poor, women, and minorities, as well as rural voters. While it can be argued that Sen. Gardner doesn’t necessarily care much about the poor, women, and minorities (they largely voted against him in his last election), I hoped that my reference to his own staunchest supporters – rural voters, who often face long drives to the doctor, long lines when they get there, and often receive a lower quality of care – might convince him to reconsider.

Instead, today I received a canned email response from Sen. Gardner that touted his vote in favor for the Health Care Freedom Act and his goal to replace the Affordable Care Act. I was disappointed, but not surprised, by Sen. Gardner’s rejection of my call for him to work on behalf of all Coloradans, especially his own core supporters. He is, after all, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the group created expressly to ensure that the Senate remain under Republican control.

Gardner didn’t explicitly say he’d vote for Graham-Cassidy, but given he voted for the Health Care Freedom Act and he’s OK lying about the Affordable Care Act has failed, it’s pretty clear how he’ll be voting.

And to hell with women, minorities, the poor, and even his own supporters.

Dear Mr. Angliss,

Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

On July 28, 2017, the Health Care Freedom Act failed narrowly by a vote of 49-51. I voted in favor of this measure in order to take a first step toward saving the American people from the failed Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is simply not working for Coloradans the way it was promised. Under the Affordable Care Act, Coloradans have had to pay for double digit premium increases year after year and the 27 percent average increase for premiums on the individual market next year is only more of the same. While 500,000 Coloradans have had their plans canceled, 145,000 Coloradans were forced to pay a penalty under Obamacare instead of purchasing insurance because their options have become so limited and unaffordable. The status-quo is simply unacceptable.

During my time representing Colorado in Washington, I have continuously promised to work toward replacing the Affordable Care Act with common sense reforms that will provide meaningful access to care and control costs. I will continue to advocate for what I hope are bipartisan solutions to repairing the damage of Obamacare, fighting against dwindling choices, and implementing health care reforms that will actually work to lower costs and increase the quality of care.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.


Cory Gardner
United States Senator

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