Gardner & GOP Push Forward with “Pretty Dumb” Agenda To Gut Health Care Law
GOP to Submit Briefs to Supreme Court in Lawsuit To Repeal ACA This Week
Denver, CO – A new New York Times deep-dive shows that Senator Cory Gardner and Republicans’ continued push to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a risky and unpopular move with voters, with one GOP strategist even saying, “it’s pretty dumb.” This comes just two days before President Trump and the GOP will submit legal briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to recklessly repeal the ACA, which could rip care away from more than 400,000 Coloradans, endanger protections for 2.4 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, and undermine the nation’s public health response to coronavirus.
Gardner says he believes the ACA is “unconstitutional” and supports the lawsuit to repeal it. Gardner has voted at least 13 times to repeal, gut, or defund the ACA. When Congress failed to repeal the health care law three years ago, Gardner despaired that “donors are furious…we haven’t kept our promise” and helped lead efforts to pass the GOP tax scam, which sparked the current legal challenge.
The Affordable Care Act has been critical in the response to coronavirus, but if Gardner and the GOP’s lawsuit to repeal the law is successful, here’s some of what’s at stake:
- More than 400,000 Coloradans could lose coverage.
- Rural hospitals could shut down.
- CDC’s response to COVID-19 could be undermined.
- Access to mental health coverage would be undermined.
Colorado Democratic Party Spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Senator Gardner’s feckless attacks on Coloradan’s health care are cruel, lack compassion, and show he puts his party bosses before the needs of Coloradans. Coloradans depend on the Affordable Care Act now more than ever, but Senator Gardner and the GOP are crusading against the lifesaving law and jeopardizing protections for people with pre-existing conditions and coverage for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Senator Gardner needs to stop dodging questions and stand up to his party against this reckless lawsuit moving forward in the middle of a pandemic”