Sen. Cory Gard­ner, say no to tear­ing down the Af­ford­able Care Act

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Af­ter early drama, un­cer­tainty in bill,” July 26 news story.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner is no longer mum — he just voted to ad­vance a bill on health care, al­though not he, nor any­one else, has any idea what will be in the bill.

The de­bate is a sham, a few hours of com­ments, with­out hear­ings, or in­ves­ti­ga­tion by com­mit­tees, data or any real anal­y­sis. At the end of this so-called de­bate a vote will be taken and, based on analy­ses of all the other Repub­li­can bills, tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will lose their health care cov­er­age.

Peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, will die. Peo­ple will lose jobs. Many will give up hope of ed­u­ca­tion or im­prove­ment. Fam­i­lies will go bank­rupt. And Gard­ner will make vaguely rea­son­able-sound­ing state­ments call­ing for Democrats and Repub­li­cans to work to­gether more.

What­ever the im­pact on his own ca­reer, Gard­ner must not al­low him­self to be se­duced, bul­lied and hus­tled into a se­cre­tive stam­pede to pass this mess. He must be re­minded that he is the U.S. sen­a­tor from Colorado, not the U.S. sen­a­tor from Cory Gard­ner. Paul Brown, Den­ver

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As a pri­mary care physi­cian, I am dis­gusted and alarmed. On Tues­day the Se­nate, in­clud­ing our Cory Gard­ner, voted to open the door to re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act — not to im­prove it or even re­place it with “some­thing bet­ter,” but to force its fail­ure. This is harm­ful and hate­ful stuff. This ac­tion is op­posed by the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians, the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion, and the AARP, as well as by more than 80 per­cent of Amer­i­cans. A “suc­cess­ful” re­peal will have dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts on the poor and the not-so-poor alike, on our com­mu­nity health cen­ters and ru­ral health hos­pi­tals, and on tens of mil­lions of peo­ple who will lose their health care cov­er­age in com­ing years (like my cousin Jan­ice, with di­a­betes). So what in God’s name jus­ti­fies this vote? Mr. Gard­ner, show us your heart, your lead­er­ship and say no to the mob men­tal­ity ob­sessed with de­stroy­ing Oba­macare. David Ehren­berger, M.D., Louisville

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