From the Cheap Seats: Senatorial Silence on Obamacare Exemption

September 26, 2013
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Colorado's two Democratic Senators have said little about the Obamacare exemption for Congress

Colorado’s two Democratic Senators have said little about the controversial Obamacare exemption for Congress

Cheap Seats has been listening closely and the silence from Colorado’s Democrat senators has been, well, deafening on the subject of whether they ought to have to live with Obamacare. Mr. Maggie Fox, better known as Mark Udall, and Michael Bennet have said nothing about a White House-crafted exemption for themselves and their staffs from the ravages of Obamacare.

Neither of Colorado’s senators said a word when President Obama personally worked out a deal that would keep D.C. staffers and senators such as Udall and Bennet, out of the Obama’s eponymous health-care labyrinth that every other American is mandated to join.

The price of Obamacare, of course, keeps rising and rising for regular folk, but not so much for congressional types. And it’s not even fully implemented.

Cheap Seats suspects that Udall and Bennet would just as soon no one mention the sweet deal they’re working for themselves and their pals on the public payroll.

Obamacare is good enough for the taxpayers, not so much for their masters, it seems.

And keep in mind that Bennet is well off even without his government paycheck and Udall gets the benefit of his taxpayer funded salary and the $250 large his wife hauls in every year from the Climate Reality Project (CRaP).

Still no sympathy for the taxpayers, though, from Colorado’s daring Democrat duo.

Talk about your classless class warfare.

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4 Responses to From the Cheap Seats: Senatorial Silence on Obamacare Exemption

  1. Bob Terry
    September 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I wrote to Mr Udall, a week ago still no comment. Bennett lol. I am not in his district , really does’nt matter he doesn’t answer period. Plus I am unwashed and republican, so what do I have to offer, or even have the gall to comment or question these two elites. Great leadership, and great respect for those they represent. Keep voting them in office

    • Bob Terry
      October 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

      I got the “form letter” reply from Mr Udall, my opinion was important, but, like every new law there are glitches and bugs to be worked out. Yes there is like 2000 plus pages worth. I figured as much, so like everything else, double speak, untruthfulness, and learn to live with it… Because it is really good for all of us!, exempted people, businesses, unions, ect excluded.

  2. Bob Terry
    October 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

    This is the reply that Mr Udall sent to me.. Read it and digest for what it is worth..

    MARK UDALL
    COLORADO 730 SENATE HART OFFICE BUILDING
    WASHINGTON, DC 20510
    (202) 224-5941
    United States Senate
    WASHINGTON, DC 20510

    September 26, 2013
    Dear Robert,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding health insurance reform. I appreciate your taking the time to express your specific views with me on this important topic.
    From the beginning of the debate over how to lower costs, improve efficiency and expand access to quality health care, I called for a bill requiring health insurers to provide coverage regardless of health status or pre-existing health conditions. I also urged Congress to focus on ways to improve overall health outcomes by emphasizing the importance of prevention and chronic disease management. In addition, I maintained that health reform must strengthen Medicare to ensure its solvency and long-term stability while also giving small business owners the tools needed to provide their employees with affordable coverage. Finally, I said that I would not support legislation projected to increase our nation’s federal deficit; in fact, I called for legislation that would reduce our nation’s health care costs.
    With these principles in mind, I supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law on March 23, 2010. This law is not perfect, but I believe it will continue to serve as a foundation for providing Americans with greater security, providing small businesses the means to offer affordable coverage to their employees and protecting and strengthening Medicare for our seniors. The ACA expands coverage to nearly 32 million uninsured Americans while providing more stable care to people already covered. New state-run health insurance “exchanges” or marketplaces will be put into place by 2014 so that small businesses and people who do not have access to health insurance will be able to buy affordable coverage. Colorado’s unique state marketplace, a non-profit public organization called Connect for Health Colorado, was chartered by a bipartisan majority in the Colorado General Assembly in May 2011. The nearly 250 private health plans which are competing for business in this newly created marketplace will begin enrolling new customers in October 2013.
    March 23, 2013, marked the three-year anniversary of ACA becoming law, and a number of provisions have already been put into place benefiting thousands of Coloradans, including new rules protecting them from being denied health coverage or being charged higher premiums and other extraneous costs. Insurers in several states, including Colorado, have already been investigated for excessive and unwarranted premium increases, some cases resulting in premiums being paid back to policy holders and announced rate hikes being decreased. Health insurance companies now have to spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on health care or improvements to care, or provide you a refund. Additionally, insurers will no longer be able to deny health coverage based on pre-existing conditions, cancel anyone’s coverage without cause or place lifetime caps or restrictive annual limits on benefits for patients suffering from life-threatening and costly conditions. I am proud to say that consumers purchasing new plans today will have better choices and benefits thanks to ACA, including preventive care such as screenings and vaccinations with no out-of-pocket cost and the ability of parents to keep dependents insured until they turn 26 years old.
    Moreover, because of the ACA, thousands of Colorado’s small businesses have already taken advantage of tax credits to help them offer health coverage to their employees. Additionally, this law has reduced the cost of prescription drugs by a total of nearly $74 million for thousands of Colorado seniors who find themselves in the Medicare Part D coverage gap, or “donut hole.” Seniors in the “donut hole” received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and a 14 percent discount on generic drugs. And thanks to the health care law, the cost of both brand name and generic drugs for these seniors will continue to decrease every year until the coverage gap is closed by 2020.
    I fully expect that improvements to this law will be necessary as each provision is implemented, but I am confident that we have a better foundation on which to build a more cost-effective and accessible health insurance system moving forward. Colorado is stronger with healthier communities, which is why I remain committed to fine-tuning a health care system in our country that works for everyone.
    To see my involvement in the health care debate, including speeches and amendments I have offered, please visit my website at http://www.markudall.senate.gov/healthreform. My website also includes links to the text of the health reform laws, in addition to other useful resources.
    For additional information on health reform, including other provisions, timelines and more, you may find the following websites helpful:
    http://www.healthcare.gov/,
    http://www.connectforhealthco.com/.
    I will remain attentive to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation. My job is not merely about supporting or opposing legislation, but also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics. For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at http://www.markudall.senate.gov.
    Warm regards,

    Mark Udall
    U.S. Senator, Colorado

  3. January 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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