“For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay.”
Who said that recently about the cost of Obamacare?
No, it wasn’t Ted Cruz.
It was Democratic Congressman Jared Polis in a story about how he’s seeking an Obamacare waiver for residents of Summit County where a total sum of 0 people have signed up for Obamacare exchanges.
Health insurance rates are so high in Colorado’s mountain resort areas that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis plans to seek waivers from the federal government so people who skip buying insurance in 2014 won’t face financial penalties.
“We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay,” said Polis, D-Boulder.
Health coverage guides working to enroll Summit County residents in new health plans through Colorado’s health exchange have been deeply disappointed. They have not enrolled a single new client since Colorado’s health exchange launched on Oct. 1.
The rate shock being experienced by residents of Summit County — the heart of ski country for our out-of-state readers — is causing major problems.
Rates for plans on Colorado’s new health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, are up to three times higher in resort communities from Breckenridge to Vail and Aspen than in other parts of the state. For instance, a 40-year-old buying a mid-level silver plan in Greeley could pay as little as $232 per month while that same person in the resort communities could pay as much as $667 per month.
What about residents outside Summit County experiencing rate shock? Will they get a waiver too?
UPDATE: The Colorado Republican Party weighs in with a statement:
“We’re glad that Congressman Polis has seen the light. However, it’s not just Coloradans in ski towns who need to be saved from the Obamacare train wreck. Working families, small business owners, senior citizens and young people across Colorado are struggling to pay their bills and they should all be saved from Obamacare’s high price tag.
“The Colorado Republican Committee calls on Congressman Polis, Sen. Mark Udall and the rest of Colorado’s congressional delegation to treat every Coloradan fairly and seek an Obamacare waiver for everyone.”