We all know that numbers don’t lie. But US Senator Mark Udall’s corrupt use of them is a lie. Last week, government emails and statements were released showing that Udall ordered his tax-payer funded staff to pressure the Colorado Division of Insurance officials into lowering their verified count of 250,000 cancelled healthcare policies in Colorado because of the negative impact of Obamacare. Udall attempted to fudge the numbers to hide the fact that the healthcare reform bill is proving to be an epic disaster.
It is understandable that Mark Udall would be concerned about a quarter million Coloradans losing their health insurance. But his actions prove he is not concerned with the welfare of citizens; he’s only concerned how the facts surrounding his boondoggle will affect his political career. Rather than helping Coloradans to become healthy, he wants to cover up the mismanaged healthcare.gov rollout, cancelled policies, and skyrocketing healthcare costs due to Obamacare.
Oh what a tangled web Udall weaves, when first he practices to deceive. Remember, “If you like your plan, you can keep it”? At the beginning of all this mess, both Udall and Obama insisted we would be fine and to trust them. But Colorado families now know the costly reality of Obamacare is far different than what we were promised at the beginning.
Rather than accept the truth about Obamacare’s failings and confront them head on, Mark Udall and Barack Obama continue to manufacture their own reality, and the law that was passed on a lie must now be perpetuated by lies. Two months ago, in a closed door meeting with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Mark Udall had the chance to bring up Colorado’s concerns with Obamacare. But instead of addressing people losing their insurance, or the rising healthcare costs, or the multi-million dollar taxpayer funded website that doesn’t work, he wanted to talk about how the Obamacare debacle would effect his reelection campaign.
A lie may make it halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on, said Winston Churchill, but as story after painful story about Obamacare comes out, we are seeing the truth coming out and it’s not pretty. The fact that Udall’s office was trying to dress up the law by questioning the number of cancellations shows that the Democrats are more concerned about reelection in 2014 than they are about actually helping people live better lives.
Obamacare was passed on a lie that we would get positive health care reform. Instead, we got an economic and insurance disaster. We are seeing Obamacare for what it is, and as Americans we can either hold our elected officials accountable or let them get away with their corruption. Sending a message at the ballot box next November will show Mark Udall and the corrupt Obama administration that Americans will not stand for anything less than the truth.
Owen Hill is a Republican state senator and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. He serves on the Finance and Health and Human Services Committees