Yet another completely false campaign ad has hit the airwaves with an Obamacare horror story. This time, it features Cory Gardner, a Republican Congressman from Colorado who voted 51 times to repeal the law.
He claims that he lost his health insurance because of the law, but the only words of truth in the entire 30 second spot is when Cory tells the viewers his name and that he is challenging Mark Udall (D-CO) for his Senate seat. Everything else is either a distortion or outright lie.
Gardner begins by saying:
“When Mark Udall voted for Obamacare, he promised us if we liked our health care plan, we could keep it. Well, you know how that worked out. I got a letter saying that my family’s plan was canceled. 335,000 Coloradans had their plans canceled, too.”
You’re probably wondering how that could happen, since Congressmen get their insurance through the federal government. Well it turns out that — true to his Tea Party “ethics” — Gardner refused to accept that coverage and bought his own private plan instead, sort of a cut off his nose to spite his face kind of thing — much more expensive and poorer coverage.
Gardner also did not have his policy cancelled due to Obamacare, his policy was cancelled last year before the law took effect. So perhaps we can give him credit for merely distorting the facts instead of outright lying.
He claims that 335,000 Coloradans had their policies cancelled, but neglects to mention that 92 percent of those people were allowed to keep their old substandard policies. That was a lie by omission.
Gardner claims that many Coloradans saw their premiums rise, as if this was a new and unexpected phenomenon and not an annual occurrence that has been going on for years. Again he omits the rest of the story — premiums are expected to rise by less than half of the average increase from 1991 to 2009. During that time frame the average yearly increase was 7.6 percent. This year, they are only expected to rise by 3.6 percent.
As if all of that weren’t enough, Colorado has seen one of the highest decrease in the number of uninsured with the rate dropping by six percent since the law went into effect.
Watch another Tea Party liar tell us how it isn’t with Obamacare below.
h/t: Daily Kos. Featured image: Cory Gardner campaign.