Which GOP health care strat­egy does Gard­ner fa­vor?

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mark K. Matthews

WASHINGTON» For weeks, U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner wouldn’t say which of the Repub­li­can plans he most fa­vored to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act.

But a day into the Se­nate de­bate on health care, the an­swer in­creas­ingly looks as if the Colorado Repub­li­can sup­ports them all.

Gard­ner on Wed­nes­day backed an un­suc­cess­ful plan to dis­man­tle much of the Af­ford­able Care Act with­out a ready re­place­ment.

The pro­posal, cham­pi­oned by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would cut the fed­eral deficit by an es­ti­mated $473 bil­lion over 10 years but leave 32 mil­lion more Amer­i­cans unin­sured than un­der cur­rent law, ac­cord­ing to the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice.

Also, pre­mi­ums on the in­di­vid­ual mar­ket would dou­ble by 2026, ac­cord­ing to Congress’ non­par­ti­san anal­y­sis arm.

A two-year win­dow was built into the pro­posal to give law­mak­ers time to de­velop a re­place­ment plan.

The idea, how­ever, fell short in the Se­nate af­ter a 45-55 vote, with seven mem­bers of the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity sid­ing with Democrats to de­feat it. Among those op­posed was U.S. Sen. Michael Ben­net, D-Colo.

Gard­ner pre­vi­ously ex­pressed ret­i­cence about leg­is­la­tion that would do away with the 2010 health care law with­out a pre­pared sub­sti­tute. But on Wed­nes­day he stuck with his party, as he’s done all week.

“As I have said many times, I will do what­ever I can to res­cue Coloradans from Oba­macare’s fail­ures,” Gard­ner said in a state­ment. “I voted to re­peal Oba­macare to­day be­cause it will put us on a path to put forth a re­place­ment that will bring lower costs and more choices to Coloradans.”

A day ear­lier he voted in fa­vor of a cru­cial pro­ce­dural mo­tion to open de­bate on health care, a ra­zor-thin win that re­quired a tiebreak­ing vote from Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Later Tues­day, Gard­ner sided with most Repub­li­cans in a failed ef­fort to move a ver­sion of the re­peal-and-re­place plan that GOP lead­ers have de­bated for weeks. Nine Repub­li­cans de­fected from that idea.

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