PeakFeed: Gardner Keeps Pressure on Udall over Obamacare Support

Rep. Cory Gardner’s latest television ad tells the story of the 335,000 Coloradans who received healthcare cancellation notices because of Sen. Mark Udall’s support for Obamacare. Gardner’s family was among those whose health insurance was cancelled.  They bought their plan off the open market like so many Coloradans and were not on the health insurance offered to members of Congress.

Sadly, Colorado families have not only lost their health insurance plans but also seen their premiums rise and lost access to their doctors.  If Udall wants to talk about social issues, he needs to realize this is the real social issue of the 2014 campaign.  

 

PeakFeed: “Obamacare 3″ Ad Annihilates Vulnerable JeffCo Senators

In case anyone was wondering, the colossal cluster also known as  Obamacare is going to be a major issue this November — and not just for liberal Sen. Mark Udall.  Americans for Prosperity has released a new spot hammering three liberal state legislators who allowed Colorado’s Obamacare to spiral out of control – Sens. Jeanne Nicholson, Andy Kerr, and Cheri Jahn.

The ad raises the question, will Obamacare cost liberals seats in the state legislature, too?  We soon will see, courtesy of the Obamacare 3.

 

ASPEN EXTREME: Sebelius Doubles Down on Obamacare on Hillary’s Behalf

A warning to Democratic politicians – stay away from Aspen.  The super-luxe ski resort has been a haven not only for the rich and famous, but also for awkward moments courtesy of Democratic politicians.  This past weekend, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, doubled down on Obamacare on behalf of clearly running potential presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton.

At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Sebelius said that Clinton would “step on the gas” in terms of implementing Obamacare.  God help us all.  Sebelius noted that the hope was to “lock in” as much as possible before December 2016.  The real question is – how terrified are Democrats that they will lose the 2016 election that they’re putting these safeguards in place?  Just watch the clip:

From the video:

Host: Are you worried that Hillary will reverse it?

Sebelius: My guess is that she’ll step on the gas, but you know, there are uncertainties still in this world.

Like the chances of Democrats taking a 2016 presidential election after this trainwreck of a President?

 

MIA: It’s Not Just the IRS That Loses Emails, It’s Colorado, Too

It’s so odd that just as the media everywhere is crying BS over the lost IRS chief Lois Lerner’s emails, the State of Colorado also has suddenly been unable to find unwitting Obamacare whistleblower Jo Donlin’s emails.

Complete Colorado‘s Todd Shepherd has been asking for her emails for months.  FIVE MONTHS.  What has he received?  Stonewalling.  From Shepherd’s report:

Do you believe Lois Lerner’s emails suddenly went poof?

Because let me tell you this: Jo Donlin’s emails suddenly went ‘poof’ and the state has been stonewalling, stalling, and obfuscating for 5 months now – anything to keep this investigative reporter from digging deeper into an already big story.

In case you have forgotten, Donlin pushed back against U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s request to put a different spin on the horrible news that Obamacare, a piece of legislation that he pushed, had caused the cancellations of nearly 250,000 insurance plans.  After Shepherd first requested the emails on January 28, he was told on March 20 that the emails had been deleted:

Finally, on March 20, I asked DORA-DOI why there were no emails for Donlin. DORA-DOI basically said the emails were deleted, tough luck. DORA spokeswoman Sue Cobb said, “If any emails existed that were responsive to your request, they were deleted before I sent the response cited to you below [in the email thread], and they cannot be recovered or restored.” Further questions about data rebuilding were not answered.

Hickenlooper has been an advocate of not shining sunshine into the cavernous and fetid workings of the government.  Maybe this is just another case of his unwillingness to be transparent.  But, still we call bullsh!t on his lack of accountability to the people of Colorado.

 

MOUNTING FAILURE: Doctor Shortages In Colorado Mark Latest Fallout From Obamacare

Obamacare has become a well-documented failure, with accelerated doctor shortages in Colorado becoming the latest prophesy to be fulfilled.

The Denver Business Journal reports

Newly insured patients are pouring into Colorado’s safety-net health clinics, but in some cases, sparkling new exam space sits empty because there aren’t enough doctors to care for the influx of patients.

The jump in patients who now have Medicaid coverage or other forms of insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act is accelerating provider shortages around the state.

To President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall, flooding the Medicaid rolls may have sounded like a good idea to ensure future generations of Democrat voters.  However, without a strategy to recruit more doctors to care for these new patients, the effort to get them insured was in vain.

Look, trying to reform the healthcare system to create lower costs and greater access to care is an admirable goal.  It is also a goal that, believe it or not, Republicans and Democrats share.  Where they differ (greatly) is in their methodology.

Unfortunately for Obama and Udall, in the game of real life, you don’t get any points for effort.  All that matters is whether or not you succeed.  Their takeover of our healthcare system is what we would call the opposite of successful, and the evidence to support that keeps mounting.

In the past, Udall has expressed concern about rural doctor shortages.  Now, because of his vote for Obamacare, that shortage has spread to metro-areas as well.

 

PeakFeed: Gardner 1, Udall 0

Cory Gardner’s campaign released what is, in our opinion, his best response to Sen. Mark Udall’s attack ads to date.  In a new video, Cory directly addresses changing his mind about personhood after learning more about it and listening to the people of Colorado.  Cory contends that Udall and Obama could learn a thing or two about listening:

Their takeover of health care is a disaster.

We all know it.

Yet Udall and Obama refuse to listen – while everyone else pays for it.

Chalk this up as a major messaging win for Cory.

 

TOLD YOU SO: New Study Shows Healthcare Costs Increasing for Employers and Employees

File this away in the category of headlines that surprised no one and sh*t we all saw coming: “Employers shifting health-care costs to employees”

The Northern Colorado Business Report highlighted a new study that shows employees’ health insurance costs rose by 6 percent in 2014, while employers’ costs rose by 5.4 percent.  Sadly, the resounding response to this is news is “well, duh.”  Everyone but President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Mark Udall knew that Obamacare was going to cause health insurance premiums to skyrocket.  

Greeley-based insurance broker Scott Rankin told the NCBR “the renewals he has seen so far for 2015 show premium increases as high as 50 percent for an Affordable Care Act-compliant plan….” (Peak emphasis)

FIFTY PERCENT!  That is outrageous.  If you’re a small business owner there is no way you can absorb that kind of increase.  Rankin even admits that “some employers have stopped providing benefits altogether.”  

Someone should probably tell Udall that all the bragging he does on his website about how Obamacare is helping families and small businesses is just as big a lie as when told people if they like their plan, they can keep their plan.

 

CHAMPION: Gardner Leads Fight For Rural Healthcare Programs

Rep. Cory Gardner is pushing back on the narrative that the GOP is the ‘party of no’ by successfully introducing and passing an amendment to fund rural healthcare programs.   From Gardner’s release:

“In eastern and western Colorado, people often find themselves hundreds of miles and hours away from specialized medical services, trauma centers, and oncology centers,” said Gardner. “We are blessed with extraordinary primary care physicians, but they are often need help with the necessary resources to treat specialized cases. My amendment gives physicians in rural areas the tools they need to provide patients access to the best possible healthcare. Additionally, my amendment provides support for distance learning services, so that students will not miss out on educational opportunities simply because of their location. By increasing funding for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Services, we are giving rural communities the tools they need to thrive.”

With Obamacare stuck as the law of the land (for now), it is important for Republicans to do more than just vote to repeal it.  If they ever have any hope of replacing it, they need to implement their own healthcare ideas as well.  Gardner is accomplishing just that, and in the process, he is proving the GOP is also a party that can take action.  

 

OBAMACARE ROUNDUP: Only So Much Barrel-Fish Shooting Before It Gets Boring (Or, Why Obamacare Articles Have Quieted Down From The Right)

Democrats want the public to believe just because Obamacare stories aren’t front and center anymore that must mean Obamacare is actually a good thing now.  Well, if Obamacare is a good thing now, we here at the Peak are eagerly awaiting for Sen. Mark Udall to make it the centerpiece of his reelection campaign.  What is more in line with reality is that Obamacare is like a devastating hurricane: the news coverage was dominated by it as it came ashore and caused all kinds of havoc, but just because it’s dissipated and the news media has stopped being riveted by, doesn’t mean the destruction it caused isn’t still being felt.  For the sake of brevity, here are some bullet-points on the most recent news of the Udall-enabled Obamacare (oh, and if Democrats truly feel this is a winning issue, we have no problem making this the main focus for the upcoming election.  So, spin away Ds, spin away):

  • Obama’s administration will no longer release monthly Obamacare enrollment reports from the Health and Human Services Department.  We suppose their quote to the media went something like this: “This law is so popular now (just like we said it would be), that we want to minimize the facts and media coverage we get on it.”  Duh, that’s just basic marketing 101.
  • The tide of opinion has finally turned on Obamacare… oh, wait, nope; people still hate it.  43% oppose it to just 28% supporting it.
  • At a time when college is even more unaffordable, Colorado college students are losing precious work hours so that Universities don’t have to pay for their health insurance.  Just add them to the list that gets longer everyday: college professors, Steamboat residents, ski resorts in general.
  • People who like their employer-provided health insurance may not be able to keep it as more corporations look to save money by paying a penalty rather than offering comprehensive health insurance. “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” Udall and Obama said.  Udall quickly added, “Just kidding, I’m voting to burn this entire industry down.  1/6th of our economy?  Ain’t nothing to me, that’s just how I roll!”
  • Remember Democrats attacking former Gov. Mitt Romney saying Romneycare was the same thing as Obamacare?  Then how come Romneycare was doing just fine for Massachusetts before Obamacare was passed, but now Obamacare has killed it?  Yep, the “supposed” model for Obamacare worked fine until Obamacare was enacted, and now it’s destroyed.  ”We loved it so much we had to kill it.”

So, please, Colorado Democrats, anytime you want to trot out Obamacare as your trump card this election cycle, know that we’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

FROM THANK YOU TO SCREW YOU: Shogan Was For Obamacare Before He Was Against It

Last week, Dr. Stephen Shogan, the head of neurology at Rose Medical Center, threw his hat into the ring as an Independent in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race.  While he claims to be an independent, his ties to liberal causes and Obamacare suggest otherwise. Dr. Shogan currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Colorado Health Foundation.  As we reported earlier this year:

But, what does the Colorado Health Foundation have to do with Obamacare?  According to Colorado Consumer Health Initiative’s project website, it’s one of the backers to help implement the Colorado Exchange.

So, Dr. Shogan goes from sponsoring some of the most ridiculous pro-Obamacare ads put out there as part of CHF to coming out against Obamacare just a few short months later?  As we reported yesterday, he’s advocating to repeal Obamacare, but not for a free market solution.  He’s against Obamacare because he wants to repeal and replace with a single-payer system.  He claims he’s fiscally responsible and socially liberal, which is a nice talking point, but the truth is that he’s to the left of even some Democrats on this issue.  From his issues page:

Under my new health care solution, everyone from birth to death would be phased into government-provided insurance at a base level, similar to Medicare.

Um, what? Right, because the government takeover of healthcare has gone so smoothly.  Of course, just 37% of Americans approve of a single-payer system, according to Rasmussen.

So, PeakNation, when Dr. Shogan tells you he’s for the repeal of Obamacare, be warned that he wants to replace it with something far less palatable.

 
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