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May 23, 2017 03:27 PM UTC

Television, Radio Ads Push Gardner to Dump Trumpcare

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is positioned to take a key role as Senate Republicans attempt to craft something plausible out of the steaming pile of crap health care legislation that the House narrowly passed earlier this month. As we noted on Monday, Gardner is saying lots of words about his perspective on Trumpcare (the “American Health Care Act,” or “AHCA”) though most of those words are little more than inane partisan talking points.

While Gardner may be avoiding talking specifics on health care, one local advocacy group is not wasting any time on the issue. The organization “Healthier Colorado” is spending $125,000 on two weeks worth of television and radio ads in an effort to convince Gardner to stay far away from the AHCA. The ads feature Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger delivering a message highlighting the negative effect Trumpcare could have on rural Colorado.

 

According to a press release:

“People across Colorado stand to lose under Trump’s health care plan, but rural communities would be hit the hardest,” said Monger. “I know that Sen. Gardner has stood up for rural Colorado on other issues, so we need to make sure he knows what’s at stake on this one.”

With the Medicaid expansion enacted under the Affordable Care Act, 87,000 rural Coloradans have gained health coverage, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act would end this coverage. The proposed Medicaid cuts in the bill would also put the bottom lines of rural hospitals in peril and slash access to addiction treatment at a time when opioid addiction is at crisis level in rural communities. Overall, the cuts would shift $14 billion in costs to the State of Colorado by 2030.

The “Healthier Colorado” ads are well-timed; the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release a new score on the impact of the AHCA on Wednesday.

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        1. Exactly. Monger's a standout local official in rural Colorado. In contrast, the Capitol Cowboy (too bad he couldn't manage to spell it correctly on Twitter), is a space filler in government. 

          1. Yes – that wasn't meant to compare the two in their accomplishments.  Moddy directly called out Commissioner Monger's looks in his opening salvo.  What a nitwit (again Moddy, not Doug). 

  1. Like the House version, Trump's "WealthCare 2.0: The GOP Senate Version" is also essentially DOA any which way you look at it. Word is there's endless arguing, sniping, hand-wringing and infighting among right-wing senators behind the scenes, all but guaranteeing nothing will come of their immoral, unconscionable efforts.

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