NOT DC: Greeley Tribune Gives Udall Some Home Cooking by Serving up Big Fat Meatballs

Wow Greeley Tribune, we here at the Peak are looking forward to when our teams play each other in the softball league; those big fat meatballs you tossed at liberal Senator Mark Udall make us wonder if you didn’t secretly rescue Allison Sherry away from her exile up north.  For example:

GT Question: So, senator, why are you out and about today?

Translation: So, senator, what propaganda can we spread for you today?

GT Question: It’s believed Gardner will hit you particularly hard on the Affordable Care Act. Do you think that’s warranted?

Translation: You know that little law you said wouldn’t cause Coloradans to lose their health insurance or doctors?  Yeah, forget about trying to answer those questions, we’d rather just let you spew some 100% pure BS to us on how you didn’t pass this monstrosity.

Alright, PeakNation™ you get the idea of how lazy of reporting was coming from The Greeley Tribune, but Udall needed a friendly reporter after he was getting mauled by the DC press.  We don’t think he’ll be that fortunate when he sits down across from The Durango Herald editorial board later this week.  Might we be of service and suggest some questions:

  1. Senator Udall, you were pushing hard this last week on equal pay, citing numerous times that Colorado women make less 80 cents an hour for every male dollar; yet, when this same context-free statistic is applied to your own staff, your female staffers only make 84 cents to every male staffer dollar; using such talking-point driven statistics makes us believe you don’t take this issue seriously and are only using it as a wedge issue, how do you respond? And, when can we expect you to pay your female staff appropriately?
  2. Senator Udall, back in November your staff had quite the disagreement with CDI over cancellation notices; come this fall when these plans no longer have an option to renew, will you and your staff finally feel that these people had their health insurance plans canceled?
  3. In a related follow-up: back in 2009 when you said Coloradans could keep their health insurance and doctor if they liked them, did you say this knowing full well they couldn’t or had you just not read the bill closely enough?  Did you understand what you were voting on?  Knowing what you know now, would you vote for Obamacare again?
  4. You’ve repeatedly said you are for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, yet despite your fellow Colorado Senator Michael Bennet voting for it, and the State Department saying it would add no noticeable emissions, your staff told constituents that you are not in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Are you really for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy or is that just a political line you hide behind to protect your extreme environmentalist nature?  Does billionaire Steyer factor into this decision at all for you?
  5. Yes or no: will you campaign with President Obama?

Durango Herald-ites, feel free to call us in if you need help!

 

MIA KXL: Udall and Bennet ‘Noticeably Absent’ from Letter Urging Obama to Approve Keystone

According to a Wall Street Journal article, 11 Democratic Senators have sent President Obama a letter urging him to approve the construction of the Keystone pipeline, an issue that most Republicans (and Coloradans, for that matter) support. Contained in the letter is a deadline for Obama to make a decision – by the end of May.  Tick-tock, tick-tock.

While embattled Senators like Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska all signed on to the letter, our fair Democratic Senators from Colorado, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, felt no need.  The Journal‘s commentary on Udall and Bennet:

Notably absent from the letter are Colorado’s two Democratic senators: Mark Udall, who is up for reelection this year, and Michael Bennet, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and voted yes on a symbolic measure last year that was supportive of the project (though it didn’t technically force approval). A spokesman for Mr. Bennet’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment, and Mr. Udall’s spokesman reiterated that he supports the administration’s process.

Udall is in a tough spot on this one.  Polling found that votes are less likely to back Udall if Keystone is rejected; however, Udall is BFF with Tom Steyer, one of Keystone’s largest opponents and potentially major funder of his campaign.  While families in Colorado support this measure, it looks like Udall is supporting Steyer.

 

SHOCKING REVELATION: Impossible to Buy Private Insurance until November

In another major unintended consequence of Obamacare, not only are people unable to buy health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges now that the enrollment deadline has passed*, but the possibility of buying health insurance through a private carrier also won’t be possible until November.

For a law designed to insure the uninsured, making it impossible to buy health insurance for a majority of the year seems quite stupid.  Before Obamacare, if you wanted to buy health insurance any time of the year, you could.  Now?  Private insurers will follow the enrollment period of Obamacare, which only lasts for a couple of months every year.  As The Denver Post reports:

[I]nsurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for HealthCare.gov and the state marketplaces. They will lock out the young and healthy as well as the sick or injured. Those who want to switch plans also are affected. The next wide-open chance to enroll comes in November for coverage in 2015.

It’s a little-noted consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which requires nearly all Americans to be insured or pay a fine and requires insurers to accept people with health problems.

I have people that can buy insurance, but the companies shut them down. They won’t take the applications,” insurance broker Steve Bobiak of Frackville, Pa., said. “We’re a free country. You should be able to buy anything anytime you want.” [the Peak emphasis]

PeakNation™, we’ll be honest with you, with everything that has come out about Obamacare, we thought there was nothing left about it that could shock us.  We were wrong.  Now, even if you had the desire and the money to buy insurance—which, let us remind you once again, was the entire point of the law—you will be unable to until November.

You can’t keep your plan, you can’t keep your doctor, you can’t buy health insurance even if you wanted to.  This bill is a monstrosity that should never have happened in the first place.  Knowing what we know now, how Senator Mark Udall has the audacity to say he’d vote for it again, we have no idea.

What about Sen. Michael Bennett, would he vote for it again?  Because Obamacare appears to be lingering worse than a stale fart and will still be an issue in 2016.

*Well, no one really knows for sure, Obama may have changed his mind this morning

 

PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING: CO Counties Leading Job Growth Are Conservative Strongholds

We can write about why conservative policies are good for the economy and boost job growth until we’re blue in the face, but nothing feels better than a real-life example that allows us to say: We told you so.

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Douglas and Weld counties, Republican strongholds in Colorado, are national leaders for job growth.  That’s right, national.  Employment in Douglas County grew by 5.9 percent last year, while Weld County saw a healthy 5 percent growth in jobs.  Douglas County has such a friendly business environment that it’s been successful in attracting Fortune 500 corporations to locate their national headquarters there, such as CH2M Hill and DISH Network.  Weld County can directly attribute its growth to a booming energy sector that accounts for 92,100 jobs.

The report compared 334 counties in the United States that have 75,000 or more jobs.  While several other Colorado counties made the list, Douglas and Weld far outpaced them.  We also found it interesting that Douglas and Weld both ranked so high yet credit their respective success to very different industries and very different types of jobs.  This diversity underscores the fact that government policies should promote job growth in all industries and not discriminate against jobs that political leaders don’t think are good enough. We’re looking at you, President Barack Obama and Senate President Morgan Carroll.

We have watched the left do its damnedest to demonize big corporations and oil and gas companies, while simultaneously creating policies that promote big government and subsidize the fledgling questionably viable solar industry.  This is the wrong approach and only serves to hurt the hard working men and women who just want to earn an honest living.  Just a little something for Colorado Democrats to consider the next time they want to be taken seriously when it comes to the issue of jobs.

 

UNITED AND FOCUSED: Republican Sen. Candidates Bash Udall not Each Other, Media Hates It

Last night The Denver Post hosted a debate for the Republican Senatorial Candidates.  Here are the quotes that will have Udall’s campaign on edge, wondering if their candidate is ready for his first street-fight of a campaign:

Rep. Amy Stephens started off strong by showing how business unfriendly Udall is.

“The other thing I think that is deeply concerning to me is that Mark Udall votes 76% of the time against small business according to NFIB, The National Federation of Independent Business, they’re the voice of small business.  And, so, every small business person, which is the backbone of Colorado, this man votes 76% of the time against you.  Now that’s a travesty because I don’t know how we’re going to get ahead in Colorado with a guy who is voting 76% of the time against small business, family-owned business and entrepreneurs.”

While Sen. Owen Hill and Glenwood Springs businessman Mark Aspiri has Udall thinking twice if he wants to run on his NSA record.  Here’s what Hill had to say: continue…

 

PEAKFEED: Sen. Udall is a Near Perfect Match for Obama in ElectionHarmony.com’s Valentine’s Day Cards

Did you meet your elected official on ElectionHarmony.com?  If not, now you can.  The site launched today to make it easier for Americans to identify Senate Democrats who align perfectly with Obama’s liberal agenda.  From the site’s email:
Senate Democrats may appear a bit shy at first, touting their “independence” from President Obama and Harry Reid. But it turns out that according to our friends at ElectionHarmony.com – they and President Obama are a near perfect match!
Below is a Valentine just for us. Oh, and hey, look, Sen. Mark Udall is nearly a perfect match with President Obama’s agenda.
 

DEATH BY NUMBERS: Bad News After Bad News on Obamacare Buries Udall

Remember that iconic scene in “Cool Hand Luke” when Paul Newman has to dig a ditch in the prison yard just to fill it back in? Just a complete exercise in futility.  We’re guessing Senator Mark Udall and President Obama have, and that it tickled them so much they decided to model their trillion-dollar Obamacare after it.

In a new Forbes article this week it was revealed a full 89% of enrollees in the Obamacare exchanges had been previously insured.  A law meant to expand insurance is really a funhouse of mirrors, where Udall and Obama cut 335,000 Coloradans’ health insurance, and then declare the law a success when those same people turn around and sign up for more costly health plans on the Obamacare exchanges.

In further humiliating news, it was revealed yesterday during House testimony that legislative analysts are expecting more people in Colorado to pay a health care fine then have to sign-up for the can’t-keep-my-doctor plans of Obamacare:

The legislative analysis guessed that about 254,700 adults in Colorado would pay federal fines next year for not getting coverage. That’s more than the 249,000 Coloradans projected to enroll in either Medicaid or a private health insurance plan. [the Peak emphasis]

Let’s keep the numbers rolling.  Ed Sealover over at the Denver Business Journal reports even though over a 100,000 people have been added to Medicaid doesn’t mean they’ll get to see a doctor anytime soon.

Adams, Denver and Arapahoe counties have the third-, fourth- and fifth-worst ratios of Medicaid enrollees to doctors who accept the lower-reimbursement insurance, all with less than one primary-care physician taking the insurance for every 2,400 enrollees.

And those numbers are likely to be exacerbated further as more people sign up for Medicaid. [the Peak emphasis]

The problem with Medicaid is the reimbursement rate is so low that most doctors usually lose money on each Medicaid patient they see.   When Medicaid patients don’t have access to doctors they end up going to ERs, increasing the number of people who use an ER by almost 40%!  Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to do away with the traffic jam that happens in ERs?

Meanwhile only 23% of the young healthy ones needed to sign up to keep premiums from rising have signed up.  #ThanksSenUdall

 

HEIGHT OF ARROGANCE: Angela Giron Wants to Be Secretary of State

We literally laughed when we heard the news that recently-recalled state Sen. Angela Giron had designs on running for Secretary of State.  Kelly Maher of Compass Colorado noted:

“It’s confounding to think that after being fired from the voters of her district now Senator Giron thinks she needs a promotion.  Giron’s condescension and her failure to listen to constituents is the albatross around her neck. There’s no reason to believe that it would be any different in a higher office with even more people to represent.”

A recent report found that the reason for Giron’s recall was, well, Giron.  According to a focus group: continue…

 

QUINNIPIAC POLL: Coloradans Loathe Obamacare, Obama and Udall Is Drowning

Coloradans overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare, think it will make their health care worse and have suddenly soured on President Obama, whom they re-elected by five points barely a year ago.

Results from the latest Quinnipiac poll – which released a second traunch of results this morning – contain multitudes of bad news for Democrats.

From the Quinnipiac release:

Colorado voters disapprove 59 – 36 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his worst approval rating in any state or national Quinnipiac University poll since he was elected. Even women disapprove by 52 – 41 percent, while men disapprove 66 – 31 percent. Disapproval is 98 – 2 percent among Republicans and 65 – 27 percent among independent voters, while Democrats approve 78 – 15 parent.

“President Barack Obama hits the rocks in the Rockies,” Malloy said. “Republicans are singing, ‘Rocky Mountain low, Obama’s in the snow.’”‘

What’s caused Obama’s historic slide of doom appears to be a very negative electorate when it comes to his signature legislative “accomplishment”:

Colorado voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 56 – 40 percent, with opposition at 96 – 3 percent among Republicans and 59 – 35 percent among independent voters. Democrats support the ACA 83 – 14 percent. The ACA will make the quality of healthcare they receive worse in the next year, 45 percent of voters say, while 18 percent say healthcare will get better and 34 percent expect no difference.

That big drop has worked its way down the ballot to tank U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s numbers as well. As Republican pollster Logan Dobson of the Terrance Group noted on Twitter, Udall’s “deserves re-election” figure has collapsed by 14 points since August:

While the Republican field against Udall is still trailing in head-to-head match ups, the silver lining is that State Senator Randy Baumgardner, whose candidacy is taken seriously by exactly one person in this state, only trails Udall by 5 points. If Yosemite Sam is nipping at Udall’s heels, the Boulder County Democrat has got to be having trouble sleeping at night.

 

HEADS IN THE SAND: Obama Administration Warned In March Of Impending Obamacare Disaster

A new Washington Post story reveals that despite the Obama administration’s protestations that the botched roll out of Obamacare was a shock to them, they were warned at least as far back as March that there were serious problems.

Per WaPo:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration brought in a private consulting team to independently assess how the federal online health care enrollment system was developing, according to a newly disclosed document, and in late March received a clear warning that its Oct. 1 launch was fraught with risks. 

The analysis by McKinsey & Co. foreshadowed many of the problems that have dogged healthcare.gov since its rollout, including the fact that the call-in centers would not work properly if the online system was malfunctioning and that insufficient testing would make it difficult to fix problems after the launch.

How have heads not rolled over this? Is the word accountability even in the Obama administration’s lexicon?

We know Obama had not an ounce of executive experience before entering the White House, but after five years hasn’t he learned that sometimes leadership means firing people?

At a certain point, pathetic press conference apologies just don’t cut it.

 
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