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August 14, 2017 12:10 PM UTC

Gardner wants to lower insurance rates, but why did he vote to increase costs?

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  • by: Jason Salzman

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

With U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) first solo town hall in about 500 days coming up tomorrow, it’s worth reviewing how Gardner responded to questions at the skinny town hall he held in Durango, with other lawmakers, Aug. 4.

As expected, Gardner was was asked repeatedly about his votes for Obamacare replacement legislation that would have thrown tens of millions off the Medicaid insurance rolls. Gardner’s core defense, which he’s repeated numerous times, is: He’s mad as hell about health insurance costs and he wants a plan to lower them.

In Durango Gardner said (at 36 minutes 30 seconds here): “What we have right have right now isn’t working… What have to do  is find something that is actually going to do what you and I think both want to do, and that’s find something a way to drive down the costs of healthcare. We have to drive down the costs of health care.”

Everyone would love to bring down the cost of health care, but Gardner has yet to put a proposal on the table that would do this.

For example, the Obamacare replacement bill (BCRA) that Gardner voted for in the U.S. Senate, which was defeated by a 57-43 vote, would have increased insurance rates by 74 percent for market place enrollees above what’s expected under Obamacare, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

So Gardner voted for legislation that would make insurance costs worse! Why? The senate bill wouldn’t have improved market insurance rates for anyone in Denver, Mesa, or Yuma counties.

Another point worth revisiting from Gardner’s skinny town hall was his assertion that he wants to “stabilize the insurance markets.”

In Durango Gardner said (at 36 minutes 30 seconds here): “What we ought to do is stabilize the insurance markets. We we ought to do is put Medicaid in a sustainable fashion, keeping that important safety need. So that it is there for people in this country who truly need it… I believe we can do better. And that’s why I hope we have a bipartisan solution.”

Recall that Gardner helped sabotage Obamacare by stripping from the healthcare law a program to stabilize insurance markets.

Then, Gardner voted for the same program when it was included in Senate repeal-and-replace legislation (BCRA).

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7 thoughts on “Gardner wants to lower insurance rates, but why did he vote to increase costs?

  1. Because Cory only pays lip service to "lowering insurance rates" (see: How to Get and Remain Elected — Chapter Three, Official GOP Playbook).

    What he really wants is to line more fully (if that's possible) the pockets of his corporate leash-holders (lookin' at you, Chuck and Dave!) at the expense of the poor and middle class.

    But of course, Jason, you and we already know that, only too well…

    1. Nice try, Fluffnutz — if you're not an even bigger liar, you'll show your work.  Citation, please?

      (Oh, btw, I guess I just lied myself. That isn’t a “nice” try at all. It’s more along the lines of your usual pathetic, ignorant, stupid, lame-ass, nonsensical, weak-sauce, foolish, shitbag, childish tries . . . Just wanted to set the record straight.)

      1. Have to wonder where Moderatus is coming from? I've never known anybody who pays $2,500 per month for health insurance. And Moderatus infers somebody must have been paying $3,000, 4,000, per month. 

        1. We've done everything with Moddy.  Cookie waters him and makes sure he sits on the one basement window in his mom's house that gets some sun.  We've mulched him.   We've repotted him.  And still he shows no progress.

          Is it time to upgrade to a pet rock?

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