Cory Gardner Wants to Eliminate Obamacare, Insists GOP Solutions Will Cover Preexisting Conditions

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At a Colorado Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Sen. Gardner (R-CO) once again confirmed his desire to repeal Obamacare, without offering a plan to protect people with preexisting conditions from losing their insurance coverage.

Asked by moderator Ed Sealover if the unspecified Republican replacement plan would keep any of the popular features of Obamacare, Gardner repeated his claim that the Republican solution would preserve those elements.

Gardner has been claiming for months that a Republican plan would continue to protect people with preexisting conditions. He continues to assert this despite voting repeatedly to eliminate coverage for preexisting conditions without offering any viable replacement.

SEALOVER: Should any of the provisions of the ACA stay in place in your mind?
GARDNER: Yes. We’ve already talked about [allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until] age 26. We need to make sure we are protecting and providing coverage for people with preexisting conditions. The solutions we bring will provide coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But what I think is now widely recognized is that both sides of the aisle now want to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. That’s why you see it in Medicare For All and that’s why you see it in other solutions for replacement. We can provide people with preexisting conditions with affordable coverage. We ought to pursue things like we’ve helped with in Colorado that will now reduce the cost of insurance between $7-8k for a family of four.

Gardner is referring to the reinsurance waiver passed by the legislature last year and approved by the federal government in late July. He has repeatedly taken credit for its success in reducing health insurance premiums on the individual health insurance market, despite his multiple votes to repeal Obamacare, which would have eliminated the waiver program entirely.

Gardner also opposed another program designed to help insurance companies cover expensive patients. He and Sen. Rubio stripped funding from a risk corridor provision of Obamacare.


5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Genghis says:

    We have yet to see this magical GOP alternative that would "provide coverage for people with preexisting conditions" rather than casting them adrift on the Galtian Ocean in cardboard rafts. The reason is fairly simple: the GOP doesn't want to admit that its alternative consists of having sick people set up GoFundMe pages and hope that random internet dumbasses finance their treatment.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      In fairness to the GOP, look at how much the various Official [FILL IN THE BLANK WITH NAME OF DEMOCRATIC OFFICE HOLDER] Recall Committees have been able to shake down from the random internet dumb-asses.

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    Stay the course, Senator. Some day they will thank you….

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    At 10+ years, the GOP is already well past the "snipe hunting" level of deception with its "soon to come" health care plan. 

    At this point, they are verging on the cryptobiologists' level of the search for Bigfoot.  Or the faithful's pilgrimages to Roswell and Area 51, convinced there is proof out there of UFOs.

    The only humorous part of this is Cory accepting the new viewpoint that Democratic plans sketched out by Presidential candidates and legislators are indications that the Democrats want to repeal the ACA. 


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