Former HHS Secretary Slams Gardner for Lying on Health Care, Calls Sham Bill “Nonsense”
Secretary Sebelius: Trump and “Gardner will continue to lie about what it is they believe” … Gardner “knows what he’s put forward would not protect people” with pre-existing conditions
Denver, CO – After Senator Cory Gardner’s sham health care bill was shredded by 9News as “horse excrement,” yesterday former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius slammed the stunt bill as “nonsense,” saying Gardner “knows what he’s put forward would not protect people” with pre-existing conditions but will continue to lie about it. The Secretary laid it out simply: Trump and Gardner “will say they support protecting people with pre-existing conditions — absolutely not true.”
Nonpartisan experts at the Kaiser Family Foundation agreed that the bill from Gardner “falls well short of providing comprehensive protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” Health care experts and advocates decried Gardner’s 117-word bill as a desperate election-year attempt to hide his record of crusading against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — including voting at least 13 times to repeal, block, or defund the ACA and supporting the GOP lawsuit that could eliminate protections for 2.4 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions.
Watch Secretary Sebelius slam Gardner’s sham bill:
Former HHS Secretary Sebelius: “The central organizing principle of the Republican party for at least ten years has been opposition to moving forward on health care.
“Each time the Republicans promised that they would have a better plan, a different plan, a replacement plan, the Republicans have no health care plan. But what we will see again, I can guarantee you, is both President Trump and Vice President Pence, and your Senator Cory Gardner will continue to lie about what it is they believe. They will say they support protecting people with pre-existing conditions, absolutely not true.
“In all due deference to Senator Gardner, he knows what he’s put forward would not protect people. He knows there is no mandate that you could have that writes a three-line bill and makes every insurance company in this country cover people with pre-existing conditions, it’s nonsense.”