Yesterday, we reported on emails between the Hickenlooper administration and the Colorado Division of Insurance in which the Division of Insurance told the administration that the number of cancellations due to Obamacare was firmly at 250,000. What nobody seems to have considered is that these emails were made public only because the Hickenlooper administration waived deliberate privilege, which is basically like waiving executive privilege.
This is pretty significant. Executive privilege exists so that heads of governments can have open and frank discussions about sensitive issues. And they did that because they prized their image as a transparent administration over additional email facts that paint liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall into a cancellation corner.
We mentally bookmarked this yesterday for future reference, but we had no idea that Hickenlooper himself would throw Udall under the bus the very next day (today) during a BuzzFeed interview:
“I am concerned that it is going to be a difficult year for Democrats and I am going to be painted with that same brush,” he said. And while he pointed to a rare decrease in the rate of growth in health care costs as a sign that the Affordable Care Act’s cost-control measures are working, he says he doesn’t expect that to help much with the politics. He also said he doesn’t anticipate wanting President Obama (or any other out-of-state figure) to campaign for him.
“As a campaign thing, when I walk into a room and say how many people hate the ACA, half of the hands or two-thirds of the hands in the room go up,” he said.
The big question becomes, when will the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and it’s head, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) finally give up on Udall? Rumor has it (by that we mean Bennet was Hick’s chief of staff, in case you forgot) that Hickenlooper and Bennet are tight – is Hickenlooper paving the way for the DSCC pullout?