Gardner needs to support health care for all

By now Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., should understand that the Republican healthcare bill is a betrayal of millions of Americans who have coverage under Obamacare. The bill is undeserving of his support.

He was not elected to protect corporations, which spend hundreds of millions financing campaigns and lobbying lawmakers. He should work with Democrats to take the profiteering out of the equation.

Our situation in not normal. Thirty-four out of 35 developed nations have some form of universal healthcare. This means that Gardner has 34 functioning models to study, adapt and modify in order to normalize America’s healthcare situation.

It’s time for Gardner to demonstrate his independence from the cult of conservatism. We don’t want dozens of unfamiliar new types of policies pitched to us by greedy salesmen. We don’t want an expanded individual market; we just want healthcare.

I don’t expect Gardner to abandon his free market ideals; just to acknowledge that there are some things that the free market can’t and shouldn’t do. That providing universal healthcare is one of the things that governments all over the world normally do for their citizens.

Doug Holdread

Trinidad