Udall is not sure he wants Obama to campaign for him.
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. Read more »
NANNY STATE: Know-it-all lawmakers are once again seeking to treat adults like children
We’ve always believed that the rule limiting state lawmakers to introducing just five bills is misguided because it tips the balance of power in favor of the executive branch and needlessly hampers the ability of the General Assembly to solve problems. But a bipartisan proposal to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 has us wondering whether some legislators should be allowed to introduce any bills at all. Read more »
‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’
To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, we don’t think bipartisanship means what Colorado Democrats think it means.
For example, we’re reasonably confident that bipartisanship doesn’t mean defeating a school-choice bill, as Senate Democrats did Wednesday, then flinging mud at the Republicans who dared support it. Read more »
Are open-ended jobless benefit extensions making unemployment a way of life for some Americans?
In an exercise that is beginning to look like something out of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, Senate Democrats are pushing for yet another extension of jobless benefits for out-of-work Americans. The proposal is the latest in a series of extensions stretching all the way back to 2008 — and we hope lawmakers will reject it. Read more »
By rejecting the demands of their far left-wing, Democrats may be able to paper over last year’s self-inflicted political wounds.
With Christmas in the rear view and the New Year upon us, now seems like the right time to look back on the 2013 legislative session and to look toward the 2014 legislative session.
Governor Hickenlooper, aided by his Democratic Party allies in the state legislature, muscled through a divisive and ideological agenda in 2013 that included gun grabbing, vote rigging and tax hiking. Read more »
Mr. Obama’s embrace of dictator Raul Castro while American Alan Gross languishes in a Cuban prison cell sends a dangerous message
To even the most casual observer, it has become all too clear that President Obama fails to appreciate the value of negotiating from a position of strength.
From Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad’s crossing of Mr. Obama’s “red line,” to Iran’s continued commitment to developing nuclear weapons in the face of international objections, naiveté and incompetence have characterized this administration’s global outlook. Read more »
Lawmakers who voted for the budget apparently don’t see the irony of touting future spending cuts while voting to cancel previously promised ones
Kudos to Republican Representatives Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner for opposing the bipartisan bait-and-switch budget put forward by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) this week. Unfortunately, the rest of Colorado’s House delegation voted for the smoke-and-mirrors package, which boosts spending now in return for the promise of spending cuts later…maybe. Read more »
Romanoff is fond of presenting himself as a “moderate,” but his financial backers are a “Who’s Who” of well-known liberals
Like many of his fellow Democrats, Congressional hopeful Andrew Romanoff (D-Denver) hasn’t found much time to talk about the estimated 250,000 Coloradans who have already lost their health insurance thanks to left-wing social engineering. He has, however, found time to attend a swanky fundraiser with some of Obamacare’s chief architects in Washington. Read more »
The Post is dreaming if they think the steady stream of writers leaving to take jobs with left-wing campaign groups aren’t hurting the paper’s credibility.
Here’s a headline we can’t wait to see: “Denver Post writer resigns to join conservative organization.” But we aren’t holding our breath.
Yes, we know, pigs will fly before a Post reporter jumps ship to align with the right. At least that’s the impression we get from this year’s significant Post departures, the latest involving editorial-board member Tim Hoover. Read more »
The defeat of Amendment 66 suggests that many voters are starting to conclude that Democrats can’t be trusted
Perhaps the most interesting drama in the aftermath of voters turning down Amendment 66, Governor Hickenlooper’s widely unpopular $1 billion tax hike, may be the infighting that has broken out among Democrats.
Colorado Democrats tend to do their finger-pointing behind closed doors — unlike Republicans, who have no problem airing their feuds in public—which is why we were intrigued by Miller Hudson’s postmortem in the Colorado Statesman. Read more »