Sen. Cory Gardner votes to allow Senate debate on health care

Senate Republicans took a step forward in their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, voting Tuesday afternoon to allow debate on health care legislation.

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Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Senate Republicans took a step forward in their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, voting Tuesday afternoon to allow debate on health care legislation.

Sen. Cory Gardner confirmed that he was among those who voted to begin the discussion.

“I voted to allow debate today because we can no longer subject Coloradans to a failing health care system without working toward solutions,” he said in a statement. “We can now offer amendments in an open setting to fix our nation’s health care system and bring relief to the American people.”

As the Washington Post reports, this is the start of a “lengthy and freewheeling debate on passage of legislation that would make significant changes to Obamacare.” The Senate is expected to vote within the next few days on a straight repeal and a “skinny repeal.” The latter would mean fewer changes to the existing law.

Here’s Gardner’s full statement.