DENVER—Liberal talk show host Ed Schultz is a huge fan of Obamacare, a factoid that Democrats like Andrew Romanoff may want to bear in mind the next time they’re asked to appear on his nationally syndicated radio program.
Romanoff was egged on by Schultz in a Jan. 2 interview into singing the praises of the Affordable Care Act, an item that probably wasn’t on the former Colorado House Speaker’s campaign to-do list.
Schultz: “Would you say in front of a crowd that you’re for the Affordable Care Act? It sounds like you are.”
Romanoff: “Yes, I supported it. I think it’s better than the status quo. I tell [people] all the time, if you’ve got a better plan to improve quality, expand coverage and hold down costs, I’m all ears.”
It didn’t take long for Republicans to pick up on Romanoff’s pro-Obamacare comments. The National Republican Campaign Committee posted Wednesday a recording of his statement on YouTube under the headline, “Andrew Romanoff Gushes Over Obamacare with Ed Schultz.”
Romanoff is running to unseat Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in the sixth congressional district, which became much more competitive after large swaths of Democratic voters were added to the district in 2012.
Democratic candidates nationwide are taking a public-relations beating over their support for Obamacare, which has taken a dive in the polls with voters since its problematic rollout in October.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday showed 42 percent of likely U.S. voters viewed the law “very unfavorably,” while 15 percent regarded it “very favorably.”
“Andrew Romanoff has made it crystal clear that he intends to run on President Obama’s failed health care law despite the real and negative consequences on hardworking Colorado families,” said NRCC spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton. “Romanoff will pay the price at the polls as ObamaCare continues to cancel Colorado health insurance plans, increase health care costs, and reduce access to quality health care.”
The latest figures from the state Division of Insurance show that 335,000 Coloradans have received cancellation notices as a result of Obamacare. That number was included in a letter to Rep. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, and represents an increase of about 86,000 cancellations since November.
Gardner, who made the letter public Tuesday, criticized the agency for failing to update the numbers on its own.
“The Division of Insurance has known for a long time that the numbers were higher,” said Gardner. “Why did they continue to allow the press to repeat the 250,000 number? It speaks volumes about what they are trying to hide.”