The hits keep coming for Sen. Mark Udall, whose support for President Barack Obama’s so-called “affordable” health care is haunting the vulnerable Colorado politician in a crucial election year.
First there was the pledge from Udall that consumers who are now mandated to buy health insurance could keep their current policies.
But when that turned out to be false for 335,000 Coloradans who received notices their insurance plans were cancelled, Udall’s Washington staffers harassed Colorado state government workers to dumb down the staggering numbers.
The staffers’ argument, sanctioned by Udall after the scandal was revealed last month, was that the majority of those cancelled policies could be renewed, never mind that the new prices would be significantly higher.
How much higher?
A Kaiser Permanente study last week ranked the top ten most expensive regions in the U.S. under Obamacare, and Colorado’s ski country came in first place for the highest health insurance premiums in the nation, The Colorado Observer reported.
Residents of Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield Counties are expected to pay $483 in monthly premiums for the cheapest plan, while Summit County residents would fork over an expected $462, the report said.
That doesn’t bode well for Udall, whose rhetoric maintains that the “Affordable Care Act” is good for the economy and would actually lower health insurance costs.
As Dustin Zvonek, Colorado state director of Americans for Prosperity observed, “Ads featuring keg standing bros aren’t going to change anyone’s mind when faced with the hard facts of higher premiums and lower coverage.”
New polling last week from Quinnipiac backs that assertion, with 52 percent of Coloradans saying they were less likely to vote for an incumbent politician who voted in favor of Obamacare while 60 percent said they opposed the new law.
And, voters were split 42-42 percent as to whether Udall even deserves to be reelected.
So it’s not surprising that Udall is trying desperately to distance himself from Obama and his controversial policy.
Speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash after the recent State of the Union speech, Udall dodged direct questions as to whether or not he even wants Obama on the campaign trail with him in Colorado.
“That was not a yes or no,” Bash asked Udall after his first dodge.
“Yes or No?” she repeated
“We’ll see what the president’s schedule is; we’ll see what my schedule is. But Coloradoans are going to reelect me based on my record, not the president’s record. Not what the president’s done, but what I’ve done and how I have stood up for Colorado,” Udall said.
“That’s the case I’m going to make to Coloradoans,” Udall said.
It’s a weak case Sen. Udall, and your chances of acquittal are even weaker.