TWINS: Gardner & Trump Following Same Playbook on Pre-Existing Conditions Stunts, But “Gardner Mum on Trump’s” Hollow Executive Order
Trump’s order “does not create a policy or a law” to protect people with pre-existing conditions
Gardner’s stunt bill “expressly allow[s] insurance companies to deny people coverage”
Denver, CO – Taking a page from the same playbook as Senator Cory Gardner, yesterday President Trump unveiled a hollow executive order that will not protect people with pre-existing conditions — but instead of accepting the flattery, Gardner is “mum” on the president’s stunt.
Like Trump, Gardner also released an 11th-hour “political document” that is designed to distract from his decade-long record of voting to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. President Trump’s election-year stunt has already been shredded by independent experts — and his own administration officials — for “fall[ing] far short of a comprehensive proposal” that “does not create a policy or a law” to protect people with pre-existing conditions — just like Gardner’s.
Gardner’s fake health care bill has been debunked by multiple independent fact-checkers and health care experts for being nothing more than a “horse excrement” bill that “expressly allow[s] insurance companies to deny people” with pre-existing conditions coverage.
The timely stunts come as Gardner gave Mitch McConnell the “key vote” to rush a likely anti-ACA nominee onto the U.S. Supreme Court, making the Trump-backed lawsuit to overturn the health care law more likely to succeed. While Gardner was caught desperately trying to dodge questions on the lawsuit, he threw his support behind the GOP effort to repeal the ACA, calling the law “unconstitutional.”
Gardner — who has his own toxic health care record of opposing protections for people with pre-existing conditions and voting at least 13 times to repeal, gut, or defund the ACA — has also been a rubber stamp for Trump’s anti-health care judicial nominees who have called SCOTUS’ opinion upholding the ACA “indefensible” and “catastrophic.