Tuesday, November 28 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: With a vote upcoming later this week in the U.S. Senate on legislation to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Sen. Cory Gardner to make his donors wait—and keep his promise to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before Colorado kids lose their coverage. Letters informing covered children and families of the possible loss of coverage in Colorado were mailed this week.

“Cory Gardner is putting the interests of wealthy donors above Colorado kids, refusing to push for Children’s Health Insurance Program funds that have already lapsed while helping Donald Trump cut his own taxes,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Earlier this year, Sen. Gardner put his name on legislation that would fund CHIP, but he has done nothing to push for the bill to actually pass. Meanwhile, Gardner has voted repeatedly to gut health reform—and now is obsessed with passing tax cuts for the wealthy. Each day that goes by, Gardner ignores his obligation to 90,000 kids in his own state who are about to have their health coverage cancelled.”

Earlier in November, ProgressNow Colorado released a video featuring a young man from Colorado speaking directly to Sen. Gardner on the need to quickly reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In a similar 2014 campaign ad, Gardner displayed up a letter he claimed was a notice of cancellation of his health plan. Unlike that letter, which in fact gave Gardner detailed information on renewing his coverage, the defunding of CHIP could truly eliminate coverage for 90,000 Colorado children and hundreds of expecting mothers.

“For 90,000 kids in Colorado, time is running out,” said Silverii. “It’s time for Cory Gardner to do more than pay lip service to protecting Colorado’s kids. Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before passing any other legislation, especially a tax giveaway to the richest Americans. For once, put Colorado’s kids before Donald Trump’s kids.”