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Senator Gardner has some explaining to do

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Dear Editor:

I just had to write this letter when I read what Cory Gardner said about the Senate version of a health care bill. Senator Gardner said on Tuesday, June 27, that "I am beginning to review it." These words come from one of the 13 male senators who comprised the committee that wrote the legislation. Really? Really? He is just beginning to review a bill that his committee created?

What was Senator Gardner doing during those committee meetings? What part did he play in the writing of this bill? Was it the part about cutting Medicaid? The program that pays for two-thirds of the residents of nursing homes, treatment of opioid addicts and for children who through no fault of their own need help. Was it the part about insurance companies having the freedom to drop basic coverage such as emergency room visits? Who is going to pay for those visits if the insurance companies don't help? Us, that's who!

Or was it the part about shifting responsibility to the states? Senator Gardner does live in Colorado doesn't he? He must have seen the yearly struggle by our legislature to balance the budget. I am hoping that once Senator Gardner gets a chance to review the bill that he will find it to be "mean" just as the House version is. I hope he gets to know his constituents in Delta County. After he is done reviewing the bill, I hope he will let us know how it is going to help us.

Peggy Baxter

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