Udall: Obamacare, ‘There’s No Going Back’

March 31, 2014
Sen. Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall

DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall had a message Sunday for Coloradans unhappy with the Affordable Care Act: Get used to it, because it’s not going anywhere.

In an interview with Fox31’s Eli Stokols, Udall said that when it comes to Obamacare, “there’s no going back.”

“What I hear from Coloradans is they want me to make it work. They know it has flaws, they know it was implemented terribly, and that’s my focus,” said Udall. “We had to fix a broken system. Coloradans want us to go to work and make it work for them. And there’s no going back.”

Udall’s statements on Obamacare were perfectly in line with the national Democratic Party’s election-year strategy on the deeply unpopular federal health-care law, which calls on candidates to push a message of “mend it, don’t end it.”

While Udall says that Obamacare is here to stay, his likely Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, has voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare in the House. Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the ACA with market-friendly health-insurance reforms.

An Associated Press-GfK Public Affairs poll released Friday found that only 26 percent of Americans now support Obamacare, its lowest level of support since it was passed in 2009 with no Republican votes. Udall voted in favor of the sweeping health-care law.

Even so, Udall chided Gardner for pushing to repeal the ACA.

“That isn’t the Colorado way to vote 50 times to repeal a law that’s been determined to be Constitutional; to vote 50 times to repeal a law that’s helping a lot of Coloradans,” said Udall. “You’ll see more and more stories about how Coloradans have been helped.”

Udall has seen his poll numbers drop over his cheerleading for Obamacare and now faces an increasingly competitive reelection race. He reiterated his support last week for Obamacare, saying he would vote for it again, in an interview with KOA’s Steffan Tubbs.

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3 Responses to Udall: Obamacare, ‘There’s No Going Back’

  1. robyn Parker
    March 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I cannot wait until November 4th when I can vote this man OUT OF OFFICE!!!!

  2. Bob Terry
    April 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

    “there’s no going back.” Yeah Mark for you you’re not going back to Washington. Enjoy what miserable time you have left Mark.

  3. PeterP
    April 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, so now Mark thinks that if a law is constitutional it is a great law. What is your next critical requirement? How about reading the text of the bill and discussing the pros and cons with your fellow Coloradans before you buy a pig in a poke? No it is better to concentrate on smearing your opponents.


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