Reading through the treasure trove of emails between liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s chief of staff Joe Britton and the Department of Regulatory Agencies has been enlightening. First, we learned that Udall’s staff and DORA coordinate press releases. Now, we’ve learned Udall’s possible true intention with Obamacare – to put everyone on the exchange.
Team Udall asked DORA if the government agency would support a piece of legislation that Udall planned to run, which ended up being Udall’s Continuous Coverage
of his own a$$ Act. DORA said no and cited the following reason:
“Such a bill could have larger market implications, especially concerning the pricing of products both in and outside of the exchanges.”
Fair point. But, here’s what Britton replied:
“Our intention is to put everyone in the exchange rating pool, but we need to make that clearer I suppose, in any event we think this and the third bullet are largely addressed with that clarification, no?” [the Peak emphasis]
Wait, what? Udall wants everyone to go onto the exchange? Please correct us if we’re reading that wrong, but that’s kind of what it looks like. Britton, would you like to clarify (further)? Because that’s a far cry from “if you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan”.
Please help us understand. We’re not as mighty as the Chief of Staff for a U.S. Senator. The only thing anyone ever let us be in charge of around here is the snark.