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