Gardner Statement on Mass Healthcare Cancellations

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the decision of the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) to cancel nearly two hundred thousand healthcare plans despite having the authority to allow them to continue:

“I am utterly appalled by this announcement. After all of the glitches, the increased costs and premiums, and the plan cancellations that Coloradans have already endured, the idea that the Division of Insurance would choose to cancel the healthcare plans of hundreds of thousands more people is unconscionable.

“Last year, I urged Governor Hickenlooper’s administration to pursue any legal avenue to allow insurance providers to keep these plans for the foreseeable future. They listened at that time, and DOI had all the authority it needed to keep these plans around for at least another year, allowing individuals and families more of the time they need to adjust to this onerous new healthcare law. But DOI has decided to end these plans instead, forcing thousands of Coloradans to deal with the cancellation of their insurance.    

“Once again, Coloradans are suffering from the effects of President Obama’s ill-conceived healthcare law. I continue to support fully repealing this law and replacing it with common-sense, market-driven legislation that could address the need for expanded health insurance coverage while keeping costs down. Until the law is repealed, however, we must do everything we can to ensure that Coloradans do not suffer needlessly because of it.

“I strongly urge DOI to reconsider their position and allow those Coloradans who would be affected by this decision to keep their healthcare plans. Coloradans were promised by supporters of this healthcare law that if they liked their plans, they could keep their plans. DOI should follow through on that promise, and prove that last year’s extension wasn't simply an empty election year ploy to fool people into believing they were going to be able to keep the insurance they were promised.”