Sen. Gardner’s record is not in dispute when it comes to his votes to eliminate the ACA without a replacement that protects people with preexisting conditions. He voted for every single repeal bill the Trump administration put forward, none of which protected people with preexisting conditions, and he supported many bills before that as well. One of the very first bills Gardner ever voted for as a newly minted congressman was the 2011 H.R. 2, better known as, and I am not making this up, the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” which, it should not surprise you, did not protect people with preexisting conditions.
So I scratched my head when I saw a press release from Gardner on August 7 touting a bill I had never heard of, with the blaring headline “Gardner Leads Bill to Protect Pre-existing Conditions.” Gardner is not shy about touting his legislative efforts, especially those which he brings purely for citations in his television ads. So I logged onto congress.gov to read the bill and see if it actually did what Sen. Gardner’s press release promised.
The bill is a whopping 117 words, about the length of a postcard. There’s nothing guaranteeing the benefits insurance companies must include; nothing preventing your insurer from jacking your costs if you’ve been sick; and nothing explaining what happens to the people who can’t afford their higher premiums but make too much for Medicaid, which Gardner has also worked to cut.
Meanwhile, former Governor John Hickenlooper (D. CO) has laid out his health care plan in his op-ed in The Colorado Sun:
If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will work to expand subsidies on the exchanges so that more working families can access affordable coverage. And I will fight to pass a public option that increases marketplace competition and reduces premiums.
Coloradans are getting blind-sided by the high cost of prescription drugs. When the price of life-saving medicine such as insulin has risen by 1,200% over a few decades, it is clear we must do more to make sure prescriptions are affordable for all Coloradans.
I will work to save you money by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies. We also need to curb provider costs by ending surprise medical billing and push for greater transparency in hospital pricing.
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