John Hickenlooper calls out Cory Gardner for ‘cowardly silence’ on health care solutions at Avon campaign stop

Hickenlooper said, Gardner and his Republican allies in the U.S. Senate and White House are revealing “reckless nonchalance” about health care even as the country continues to grapple with a coronavirus pandemic that has required 10s of millions of individuals out of work and triggered them to lose their employer-based health insurance. Local lawmakers, authorities weigh in The health care focused campaign stop, held on the patio at Pazzos Pizzeria, was also gone to by State Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail), State Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon), Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, Vail Health CEO Will Cook, and Ross Brooks, the CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers. Vail Health Chief Executive Officer Will Cook, speaks to a mix of chosen officials and locals about the difficulties of health care in the location Wednesday in Avon. Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, said 37% of the 21,000 clients it serves regardless of their ability to pay have no health insurance, and the nonprofit has “had a hard time strongly financially” over the last year due to the big cost concern of serving the uninsured. Calling health care a right, Hickenlooper stated the federal government needs to enhance the Affordable Care Act– a task that has actually been stymied by Republicans for 10 years– allow Medicare to work out for bulk purchase discounts, and work towards creating a public alternative.

AVON– At a project stop Wednesday in Avon, U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper tried to paint a plain contrast on the problem of health care between himself and his Republican opponent, Sen. Cory Gardner. Hickenlooper said, Gardner and his Republican allies in the U.S. Senate and White House are revealing “negligent nonchalance” about health care even as the nation continues to grapple with a coronavirus pandemic that has forced tens of millions of people out of work and caused them to lose their employer-based health insurance. “The reality that Cory wont speak up on any of these health care concerns, I call it an afraid silence, his hesitation to even broach the topic because he doesnt have a response,” Hickenlooper stated.
Molly, left, and Barclay Rabin of West Vail share their story on the challenges of healthcare in the area Tuesday on the Pazzos Pizza outdoor patio in Avon. The 2 lost their tasks in March due to the pandemic and stated with kids has actually been very hard trying to change without healthcare.Chris Dillmann|[email protected]
Reached independently on Wednesday, Gardners project spokesperson Jerrod Dobkin stated: “Sen. Gardner consistently speaks about lowering health care costs, reinforcing innovation and broadening gain access to for all Coloradans. While Gov. Hickenlooper and Democrats promote a one-size-fits-all, government-run technique, Sen. Gardner has actually focused his efforts on bipartisan, commonsense policies that improve healthcare for Coloradans.” Local lawmakers, authorities weigh in The health care focused campaign stop, held on the outdoor patio at Pazzos Pizzeria, was also participated in by State Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail), State Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon), Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, Vail Health CEO Will Cook, and Ross Brooks, the CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers. Chandler-Henry stated enhancing access to budget-friendly healthcare is a problem that continues to stymie Eagle County. “Its a nationwide problem and we truly need nationwide leadership to be able to make progress on health care,” she stated. Donovan and Roberts were primary sponsors of legislation to produce a public health insurance coverage option in Colorado. That bill was shelved this spring due to the fact that of the coronavirus outbreak, and they stated healthcare gain access to and costs are the top concerns they hear about from constituents.
Vail Health Chief Executive Officer Will Cook, speaks with a mix of elected officials and citizens about the obstacles of healthcare in the location Wednesday in Avon. Vail Health is the biggest healthcare supplier in Eagle County.Chris Dillmann|[email protected]
” I think what I get disappointed about in this election season is that Cory Gardner and I came together into office at the exact same time. We ran in the very same elections, we were on the roadway at similar times, we heard the exact same things at the doors and we heard the same things from citizens throughout Colorado, and he has actually done absolutely nothing in six years,” Donovan said. Next year, Eagle County and Routt County will continue to be two counties in Colorado that have just one medical insurance choice offered on the state exchange. “Because of that lack of competition, the rates just keep increasing and up and up,” Roberts said. “Weve done some truly fantastic things at the state level like reinsurance to reduce the cost, however people still have far too couple of options for health insurance coverage in our communities. And in a time of a global pandemic that just does not really make good sense,” Roberts stated. “People require to have more options, particularly when theyre losing their job and they lose their employer-based health insurance. Now they do not have an affordable choice to go to.” ‘‘ We have actually not resolved insurance coverage concerns in Colorado As Democrats and Republicans compete for control of the U.S. Senate, Roberts said the election might not be more crucial for health care concerns and “to begin making development rather than trying to take apart what we have.” “Were truly looking forward to partnering with our federal partners rather of having someone like Cory Gardner, who generally simply wishes to reverse everything when it concerns health care and protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions,” Roberts said. “Were looking forward to making progress next year because we understand coronavirus will still be here, we understand we will remain in an economic downturn, and individuals require a less expensive choice for health insurance coverage. And that can originate from a public option weve been dealing with at the state level, and ideally, we can get it done on the nationwide level.”
Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan speaks to regional citizens and authorities on health care in Eagle County Wednesday in Avon.Chris Dillmann|[email protected]
Molly and Barclay Rabin are friends of Donovan who participated in Wednesdays occasion, and 2 Eagle County homeowners struggling to make ends satisfy through the pandemic. They said they worked multiple jobs for many years to be able to purchase the tiniest, cheapest condominium they could find in the area, repair it up, sell it, and move into a deed-restricted system in West Vail. Both were laid off in March and lost their insurance. The medical insurance offered on the exchange is not budget-friendly, and with 17-month-old twins who need regular immunizations and examine ups, the couple is struggling to pay their medical bills and home mortgage. Molly Rabin started her own organisation, but that has yet to ease the financial pressure. “You wish to be entrepreneurs in this nation, you want to follow that American dream, however not knowing where your medical insurance is going to come from or if you can manage it when youre simply starting out, its truly intimidating,” she stated. Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, stated 37% of the 21,000 clients it serves despite their ability to pay have no medical insurance, and the nonprofit has “struggled mightily financially” over the last year due to the large expense burden of serving the uninsured. Brooks better half is one of those uninsured patients. “Im ashamed about that fact. Im the CEO of the community university hospital and I cant manage to guarantee my own better half. We have actually not resolved insurance issues in Colorado,” Brooks said. “Ultimately, I see at the state and federal level, we require to be pushing things like Medicaid and Medicare for all or Medicare and Medicaid for those who want it, to be a great complement for the free enterprise to do its job for the 10s of countless people who cant manage the complimentary market option.” Calling health care a right, Hickenlooper stated the federal government needs to enhance the Affordable Care Act– a job that has been stymied by Republicans for 10 years– enable Medicare to work out for bulk purchase discount rates, and pursue producing a public choice. “This is going to be the issue as we go through this pandemic, and as a nation we try to react,” Hickenlooper stated. Surveys have actually discovered Hickenlooper leading Gardner in the U.S. Senate race by 6% to 11%, according to Nate Silvers FiveThirtyEight site.