That was fast.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is seizing on a golden opportunity to nail U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to the wall, politically speaking, to determine his roll in the cancellation of nearly 200,000 health insurance policies.
From the Denver Post:
The NRSC also is trying to tie Bennet to a decision made by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration not to allow 190,000 health insurance policies to continue in 2016 because they don’t meet Affordable Care Act requirements.
The NRSC will announce Wednesday that it filed a public records request for communications between Bennet and his staff with the state Department of Insurance regarding the impending cancellations. A similar records request entangled U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in a mess regarding health care plans during his losing 2014 re-election bid.
PEAK NATION™ remembers all too vividly that “mess” — the audacity of which surprised even the most cynical of political watchers.
The Post did not elaborate, so allow us to fill in the details from Complete Colorado:
“At the height of controversy surrounding President Obama’s promises on the federal health care overhaul, U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices. Because the 249,000 figure was produced inside the Colorado Division of Insurance, Udall’s office lobbied that agency to revise the figure, or revise their definition of what qualified as a cancellation.”
Then, miracle of miracles, President Obama stepped in and said consumers could keep their cancelled plans for an additional two years while they adjust to the reality that they will pay more, for less, in the future, or something like that.
Not wishing to repeat the firestorm of kicking massive numbers of voters off their health insurance in an election cycle, Colorado’s insurance division is cutting off that extension by one year.
We’re giving a standing ovation to the senatorial committee for digging further into Bennet’s connection to this abrupt and completely unnecessary cancellation.
“We’ll never know all the conversations that may have taken place behind the scenes, but the least we can do to hold Senator Bennet accountable is to make a public records request for these emails,” said NRSC spokesman Matt Connelly.
One conversation we do know that took place, Bennet pledged during a Senate floor speech, that if you liked your health insurance, you could keep it.*
And that turned out to be a whopper of a broken promise.
*This offer only good until Obamacare kicks in, at which point your policy will be cancelled unless a Democratic senator is up for reelection, then offer is good for two-year extension, unless that window also falls within an election year for a Democratic incumbent, at which point you are screwed.