U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Obama's veto of the Obamacare Repeal Act:
"After majorities in the House and Senate fulfilled the promise to send a repeal of Obamacare to the President's desk for the first time, the President ignored the will of the people and vetoed the legislation. The President had the opportunity to bring relief to Coloradans and Americans across the country, but instead he chose politics over policy.
"As I travel throughout the state, I continue to hear from countless Coloradans that Obamacare simply does not work. Whether it is the 750,000 Coloradans whose healthcare plans have been cancelled since 2013, the families on the Western Slope coping with 26 percent premium increases, or the recent collapse of the Obamacare-established CO-OP that resulted in 80,000 Coloradans looking for insurance elsewhere, this law has failed the American people and left them with too many broken promises.
"I'm disappointed the President prioritized his personal legacy instead of recognizing that his law has failed the American people. It's time for a new approach. I'll continue to work with my colleagues toward a patient-centered health care system that preserves quality and lowers costs."
Coloradans have endured massive increases in health care costs. In October, the Denver Business Journal reported that individual health insurance costs are rising "steeply", while KJCT8 in Grand Junction reported that rates for some people could increase by as much as 30%. The Durango Herald reported that the Western Slope was hit especially hard, with rates up by an average of 26% in the individual market. And Colorado Public Radio reported that 82% of business owners in Colorado cited health insurance rates as their top concern about benefits.