On Friday, CNN reported that Senate Democrats were responsible for the clause in Obamacare that led to the cancellation of millions of policyholders’ insurance plans. Did you get one of the cancellation notices? Yeah, thank our Democratic Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. According to the article:
“In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.”
Sens. Udall and Bennet, along with their Democratic colleagues, blocked the resolution. At the time, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa warned that “as many as 69 percent of businesses will lose their grandfathered status by 2013 and be forced to buy government-approved plans”.
While several U.S. Senators are fighting to delay the implementation of parts of Obamacare, our Senators remain silent. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Amy Stephens weighed in on Udall’s silence:
“Instead of standing up for Colorado, Senator Udall repeatedly ignored warnings about the devastating consequences of Obamacare and voted in lock step with his party leadership against commonsense legislation that would have prevented the cancellation of insurance policies.”
The dire consequences of cancelled insurance policies were never so succinctly stated as in a Wall Street Journal article published this weekend. Stage 4 cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sundby explained how her current insurance policy enabled the complex care she receives that keeps her alive. That policy was cancelled. She cannot find another similar policy to replace it.
“For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.”
Another Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Owen Hill, addressed this very issue in a statement:
“Coloradans, both individuals and businesses, now have less freedom, less choice, and less dignity because Udall believes the federal government can make better decisions about our personal insurance and health than we can for ourselves and our families.”
Sens. Bennet and Udall have lied to Colorado and, now, sit back while Coloradans are immeasurably harmed by their reckless vote. Perhaps Colorado should convey just how much we “appreciate” them in 2014 and 2016.