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Reader: Sen Gardner, show some spine and stand up

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Dear Sen. Cory Gardner: I was dismayed, but, alas, not shocked, that the Republicans in the House rammed the disaster of a health care bill through. I hope you, at least, will show some concern for your constituents. Please oppose this cruel bill and use your power to craft a Senate bill that does better. Any change to our health care should cover more people, in a simpler way, and cost less.

The House fiasco of a bill gives to the rich and kills the poor and middle class. This is the pattern of this Congress and administration.

Twenty thousand Americans die each year from treatable illnesses due to an inability to afford care and the refusal of insurance companies to pay benefits. (This is despite people putting out hundreds of dollars per month in premiums.) The solution to health care is to get rid of the insurance companies and Big Pharma and provide universal coverage.

It was at YOUR Colorado Coffee in January that I spoke with a Trump supporter, a man who used to write software for Blue Cross/Blue Shield — software intended to PREVENT paying out benefits. He, like the majority of Americans, supports single payer. If you want to really help your constituents, you will support Sen. Bernie Sanders's bill for improved Medicare for all.

Don't kowtow to these corporate monsters. Show some spine and stand up for your constituents' health!

— Madeleine Jacobs, M.D., Penrose

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