Gardner again undecided on latest proposal to blow up Obamacare

(Respectfully submitted: no he isn’t – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

After first being undecided and then voting for three GOP proposals to kill Obamacare, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner says he has yet to figure out whether he’s supportive of the latest Republican healthcare proposal, put forth by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which would, among other things, end Obamacare’s Medicaid subsidies and, instead, block grant most of Medicaid expansion funds to the states.

Asked this morning by KDMT’s Jimmy Sengenberger if could see himself supporting the Cassidy-Graham plan, Gardner said he was “certainly” “interested in it,” but declined to throw his support behind the measure.

“Yeah, I’d have to get the specifics of it,” Gardner told Sengenberger. “But I certainly am interested in it. And I think it’s the right direction, in terms of giving the states more empowerment and the tools that they need to make a solution, anywhere from Burlington to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, how they can tailor it to the needs of the state. So, it is something that I am very intrigued by. I’d have to understand how the formula works a little bit. And they’re being very quiet about how the formula would work. But it does sound like it could result in a 42% increase in funding for the state of Colorado. And so, I just need to learn more about it.”

Listen here, hour 2

Vox’s Sarah Kliff described the Cassidy-Graham plan as such:

The proposal would eliminate the health care law’s subsidies for private insurance and end the Medicaid expansion. The health insurance marketplaces would no longer exist as they are envisioned to continue under other Republican proposals.

The federal government would convert some (but not all) of that spending into a lump-sum payment to states. States could choose to spend this money on providing insurance — or they could use it to fund high-risk pools, or do other activities to pay the bills of patients with high medical needs. States wouldn’t get this money for free: They’d be required to kick in a small percentage themselves.

The plan hasn’t been scored by the Congressional Budget Office yet, but analysts who have studied Cassidy-Graham estimate it would cut deeply into federal funding for the health law programs, likely resulting in millions losing coverage.

Gardner described the Cassidy-Graham as a proposal “to create a block grant system that would give the states control over their Medicaid dollars – their insurance dollars—and let the states create a system that is tailor-made to the people of their states, recognizing the differences between a Colorado and a Connecticut, and how each state can tailor their own approach. So, that’s an idea that continues to be talked about, and we’ll see how that goes.”

On air, Gardner lamented to Sengenberger that recent U.S. Senate actions on healthcare were not bipartisan, and he wants Democrats to join him in a bipartisan effort to fix the health care system in America–even though Gardner was a leader of a completely partisan and secretive GOP strategy to kill Obamacare in the U.S. Senate.

Asked by Sengenberger why he thinks the stock market is doing so well, Gardner said the “regulatory relief” passed by Congress as “working.” To increase wage growth, Gardner said business growth “ripples down” and will result in better wages eventually.

 

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Not everything Cory Gardner does is evil.

    Cory will do whatever McTurtle tells him to do.

  2. Davie says:

    If Cory's always undecided, he must flip a coin before each vote.  But both sides of the coin have McConnell's face and say "Whatever Yertle tells me"

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    It will be interesting to see how Gardner votes if the Senate eschews any further attempts at a BODA and works on fixing the funding problems with the ACA.  That should be a good indication of his practicality and political acumen.  If he votes against continued funding of the ACA in the absence of any legislative alternatives then he is a hack who values ideology above governing.  He will get pummeled for his votes and rightly so.

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