Has the pandemic made U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner re-think his longstanding opposition to the Affordable Care Act?
Gardner hasn’t said, but a progressive advocacy group wants you to know that if any of Gardner’s seven votes to kill the ACA had been successful, insurance companies would have been free not to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
This means that anyone who gets COVID-19 and recovers could have been denied health insurance.
Those folks join the more than 2.4 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, who could face higher premiums or lose their health insurance completely if Obamacare were repealed.
To make their point, Rocky Mountain Values, unveiled a billboard at 6th Avenue and I-25 today stating, “Cory Gardner voted 7 times to gut protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions. Tell him it’s time to protect our health care. (303) 391-5777.”
“We encourage everyone who sees this billboard to call Senator Gardner and tell him why it is crucial that he protects the health care of Coloradans, especially during an ongoing pandemic,” said Vanessa Harmoush, a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Values.
Harmoush points out that a Republican-backed case challenging the ACA is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Gardner has suggested he supports the lawsuit, which has the backing of the Trump Administration. As The Hill reported last August,
“Asked if he supported the lawsuit, Gardner replied: ‘That’s the court’s decision. If the Democrats want to stand for an unconstitutional law, I guess that’s their choice.’”
Gardner’s office didn’t return a call for comment, but he’s said in the past that Obamacare is a failure and he wants to protect the health care of people with pre-existing conditions. He has yet to produce a plan that would do so as well as Obamacare.