Published: March 27, 2014
Sen. Mark Udall told Coloradans on Wednesday he would cast the winning vote for Obamacare all over again. So we assume he didn't get the memo - the one that says the health care law is a public policy flop for the ages.
The senator shows no health care act remorse and acts as if nothing serious is wrong. He even blames the Koch brothers for any political turmoil the law may cause him and other Democrats in November.
Udall reiterated his support for the health care law Wednesday during an interview on Denver's KOA radio. The interviewer asked Udall about an ad that tells voters of his impassioned support for the law.
"I gotta tell you, the Koch brothers who fund a lot of these ads really don't have the interests of Coloradans in mind," Udall said.
The senator went on to explain how the health care system was broken before the health care act. Fair enough.
Interviewer: "So you'd do it again?"
Udall: "I, I would do it again."
It's a troubling admission. The law ravages young, middle-class families and individuals who were already struggling to fund the runaway entitlements and passive incomes of older generations. The new law forces them to buy expensive health policies that do little more than further subsidize elders and the poor. The typical young adult's exchange policy comes with a deductible so high only a near-death experience could result in benefits. Some view the law as an all-out economic assault on millennials, a demographic that voted for President Barack Obama in droves before learning what he had done to them.
The health care law is so bad Obama's approval rating among young adults has plummeted to well below 50 percent. Millennials don't like the price and are dumbfounded by government's inability to operate an interactive website.
CNN reports that Obama has promised some congressional Democrats he will stay away as they campaign for re-election, given the electorate's bad Obamacare reaction. Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Committee, has formally invited Obama to campaign for Udall. Call knows Obama's presence in Colorado would only remind voters of the senator's support for the law.
"Udall cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, and lied to Coloradans when he said, you can keep your insurance if you like it," says a Colorado Republican Committee news release announcing the invitation.
Coloradans might expect Udall to apologize for supporting Obamacare and seek their understanding for a bad judgment call. Aside from that issue, he would not be seriously vulnerable heading into November. Coloradans generally like and respect the senator, who has even avoided gun-rights pitfalls that haunt other Democrats.
The Affordable Care Act has made a flawed system considerably worse, and we haven't seen the half of it. Americans who work for medium and large employers remain on the sidelines, as President Obama unilaterally delayed the employer mandate until after the 2014 elections. The president set aside most other politically problematic aspects of the law until after the mid-terms.
Even with the delays, a majority of Americans loathe the health care law. It just does not work and Sen. Udall should only pledge to fix it. Instead, he would proudly repeat the mistake. It's a surprising disappointment.