Is Gard­ner’s con­cern about VA wait times just a cyn­i­cal di­ver­sion?

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: David Henry,

“Cory Gard­ner and Michael Ben­net want an­swers about ‘shame­ful,’ ‘un­ac­cept­able’ VA wait­ing times in Den­ver,” Aug. 2 news story.

I find it ironic that Sen. Cory Gard­ner is now con­cerned about vet­er­ans hav­ing to wait for health care when just last month he voted to re­move any ac­cess to health care cov­er­age from mil­lions of U.S. peo­ple, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of his own con­stituents in Colorado. Th­ese votes af­fected all of us, in- clud­ing vet­er­ans.

Is this new con­cern a pivot to di­vert at­ten­tion from Gard­ner’s votes against health care? Our mem­o­ries are not that short.

In watch­ing Gard­ner and his Re­pub­li­can col­leagues on the mat­ter of health care for all of us, I am re­minded of an old quote from co­me­dian Lily Tom­lin: “No mat­ter how cyn­i­cal you get, it is im­pos­si­ble to keep up.” Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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