NEW: As Up To 300,000 Coloradans Lose Health Insurance, Gardner Continues to “Plow Forward” To Rip Care From Coloradans
On Seventh Anniversary of CO’s Medicaid Expansion, The ACA is a Lifeline for Colorado During a Pandemic
Denver, CO – On the seventh anniversary of Colorado expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that an estimated 300,000 Coloradans may have lost their health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. An estimated half of those Coloradans would be eligible for Medicaid— thanks in part to Colorado’s expansion—and another 73,000 would be eligible for Connect for Health marketplace tax credits. But when protecting the ACA is more important than ever, Senator Cory Garder is still trying to overturn the law.
While the Medicaid expansion had bipartisan support in Colorado, Gardner has built his career crusading against the lifesaving law which he believes is “unconstitutional,” voting at least 13 times to repeal, gut, or defund the ACA. When Congress failed to repeal the health care law, 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 to repeal the ACA, which Gardner supports.
Colorado’s Medicaid expansion helped cut our state’s uninsured rate in half, covering 400,000 more Coloradans and allowing rural hospitals to keep their doors open.
But even during a pandemic, Gardner and the GOP are still pushing forward their reckless lawsuit to overturn the ACA, removing protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions and reversing the Medicaid expansion, “a coronavirus lifeline.”
Colorado Democratic Party Spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Colorado’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion has ensured that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans have health care coverage and has been critical to the pandemic response. While today we celebrate Colorado’s leadership to expand the life-saving program, it is also a grim reminder that Senator Cory Gardner and Trump are still working tirelessly to rip health care from hundreds of thousands of Coloradans, and not even a global pandemic is slowing them down.”