Cory Gardner Wants Everyone To Drop The 'Hyperbole' About GOP Health Care Bill

The Colorado Republican was speaking to a conservative radio host, but refuses to face questions from his constituents.
05/10/2017 01:09 pm ET Updated May 10, 2017
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U.S.  Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) told a conservative talk-radio host Monday that he wants people to “drop this hyperbole that we continue to hear” about the problems with GOP health-care bill.

KNUS 710-AM host Steve Kelley didn’t respond with the simple question of, “What hyperbole?”

Gardner made the comment after Kelley played a series of audio clips of Democrats saying, among other things, that the GOP bill would cause Americans to suffer and die, that it would adversely impact the most vulnerable, and give the rich a tax break.

So where’s the hyperbole Gardner is talking about?

It’s a fact that an estimated 24 million people will lose their health insurance by 2026 (or thereabouts, because this bill was pushed through without an evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office). Studies show this would result in deaths.

It’s a fact that the latest Obamacare repeal doesn’t protect people with pre-existing medical conditions (like diabetes, cancer, even pregnancy).

It’s a fact that the rich would enjoy a tax cut of over $600 billion.

So where’s the hyperbole that’s bothering Gardner? (listen to him here on May 8, hour 1, at 13 min)

But you wouldn’t expect a conservative talk radio host to put the question to Gardner—and the senator knows it.

That’s probably why, when the New York Times called his office last week to discuss the health care bill, Gardner didn’t return the call.

That’s also probably why Gardner has appeared on over 15 conservative talk radio shows in Colorado this year.

And why he’s appeared at exactly zero town halls.

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