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September 19, 2019 04:01 PM UTC

Gardner: "People Are Going to Lie." But the Alleged Lies Would Be True

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  • by: Jason Salzman

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

 
Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

In a recent radio interview, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) complained that his opponents are going to lie about him by claiming he’s against guaranteeing insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions when, in fact, he supports such coverage.

Gardner told KHOW’s Dan Caplis last month that Democrats and Republicans can agree that people with preexisting conditions should “have coverage — required coverage.”

“That’s what we’ll fight for and continue to succeed with,” Gardner said on air. “Now, people are going to lie about it.  People are going to try to say that that’s false.”

So is it, in fact, false to say Gardner fights to require coverage for people with pre-existing conditions?

If you judge Gardner by what he says then, yes, he wants people with pre-existing conditions to have required coverage. He says it all the time.

But if you judge him by his votes, then you’d conclude that Gardner wants to eliminate or gut the requirement that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions.

“Gardner saying that he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions is re-writing the record of how he voted during the Obamacare repeal process,” said Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “Every bill that Gardner voted for that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act would have weakened or completely undermined the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Fox says that includes Gardner’s multiple votes to kill Obamacare in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Now, even though he says Obamacare has “absolutely failed” and he continues to want Congress or the Supreme Court to kill it, Gardner still has no plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions if the ACA is overturned or voted down.

Gardner did not return a call asking why he’s voted against protecting people with pre-existing conditions, when he claims to fight for them. Neither did he provide his plan, if he has one, to protect people with pre-existing conditions as well or better than Obamacare does.

Listen to Gardner on KHOW Aug. 23: https://soundcloud.com/bigmedia-org/gardner-says-people-will-lie-about-his-stance-on-coverage-for-people-with-pre-existing-conditions

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4 thoughts on “Gardner: “People Are Going to Lie.” But the Alleged Lies Would Be True

  1. Of course assuming Gardner, the masterful GOP tactician who is able to get Trump and McConnell to do his bidding, gets Congress to pass a replacement for Obamacare, he makes no guarantee that the coverage for pre-existing conditions will be affordable.

    Hardworking insurance industry executives live 8-figure-bonus-check to 8-figure-bonus-check, like the rest of us!

  2. Has anyone asked Gardner for the text of a bill to allow "people with preexisting conditions … “have coverage — required coverage.”

    We are about 10 years into the debate on health care insurance, 10 years when Cory has been in office.  In all that time, has he ever been able to vote FOR a bill on the issue?  Has he sponsored or co-sponsored such a bill?

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