Dis­ap­pointed in Sen. Cory Gard­ner and his votes on health care

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Tom Mel­lish, Lyn Lowry,

“Gard­ner grilled on health care,” Aug. 3 news story.

I have had many reser­va­tions about Cory Gard­ner be­com­ing one of our sen­a­tors. I had hoped dur­ing the past two years he would be­come a more re­spon­si­ble and mod­er­ate voice for Colorado. Sadly, Gard­ner has shown that he is not ca­pa­ble or will­ing of rep­re­sent­ing his con­stituents. Rather, he pan­ders and continues to sup­port the rad­i­cal right agenda of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion while re­fus­ing to meet or ad­dress his many con­cerned con­stituents. Gard­ner’s most re­cent vote to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act without a re­place­ment was just an­other par­ti­san and dis­grace­ful act that would have de­prived af­ford­able health care to our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens.

I hope Gov. John Hick­en­looper, who is term lim­ited, se­ri­ously con­sid­ers chal­leng­ing Gard­ner if he chooses to run again. We need a per­son of stature, such as Hick­en­looper, to rep­re­sent the con­cerned views of all Coloradans and not just those of the rad­i­cal right. Colorado can­not af­ford an­other Cory Gard­ner term.

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Sen. Cory Gard­ner has cast mul­ti­ple votes against the in­ter­ests of his con­stituents. Clearly, he ei­ther did not un­der­stand our “frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment” or is putting on his usual disin­gen­u­ous act for the ben­e­fit of the press. If he cared about the dam­age to health care, he would not have voted three times on bills to make it worse in our state, tak­ing care away from thou­sands and raising pre­mi­ums for the rest of us. If he meant what he said in his so-called town hall, he would have, in­stead, worked on a bill to ad­dress the ris­ing costs to us all, not just those now cov­ered by the Af­ford­able Care Act. And he would have worked to ex­pand Medi­care, not crip­ple it to give bil­lions in tax breaks to bil­lion­aires. Our ju­nior sen­a­tor is not do­ing right by us, and he should be held ac­count­able.

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