Gardner to Dems: Don't 'Spike the Football' While Americans Pay More for Premiums
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) called out Democrats who appear to be "spiking the football" over Senate Republicans' failure to pass ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation.
Gardner said those who are celebrating the "status quo" of ObamaCare must realize that Americans continue to pay more for premiums, including throughout his state.
"In Colorado last week, it was announced that the average premium rate increase for the next year will be 27 percent," said Gardner, vowing that he and his colleagues will continue their efforts to provide relief.
Gardner said the figure is only for some in his state, while residents in the Eastern Plains or Western Slope will see even higher increases.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) followed Gardner, saying it was a "challenging" effort but right now he cannot find 50 senators who can agree on a plan.
He said two years ago, the Senate passed a bill to repeal ObamaCare and allow a two-year window for a replacement to be negotiated on a bipartisan basis.
McConnell said he senses that most members would like to pursue that effort again.
Earlier today, President Trump remarked that the GOP should now "let ObamaCare fail" and then Democrats will have to come to the table to fix the problems.
Watch the remarks above.