Updated: December 18, 2013 at 11:51 am
Nearly 250,000 health care policies in Colorado were canceled as of Nov. 6, according to the Colorado Department of Insurance. I guarantee: These families do not consider Obamacare a "good thing."
Sen. Mark Udall, facing re-election next year, tried to soften the blow: he sponsored a bill that would "allow" people to keep their current plans for an additional two years. Sen. Udall also tried to backpedal on the canceled policies by saying that most policyholders were offered similar plans - though not guaranteed the same price. Hello? Price is critical to people in the real world. Politicians are not kings; they are public servants. Financially penalizing us for making our own determination of what's best for our families is never "a good thing."
Sens. Udall and Bennet joined the president in saying that if we like our insurance plan and our doctor, we could keep them. This has been demonstrated to be a lie. This has been shown to be a lie, one "we all knew," according to Democratic Sen. Kirtsen Gillibrand. Having our president and our senators lie to our faces to further their political agenda is not "a good thing."
We are the consumers, and we chose to voluntarily purchase a health plan. What business is it of the government to make a different choice for us? How is it the role of the state or federal government to determine we should not have what we want, but, rather, what they deem to be "similar enough"? And how could Coloradans - especially the owners of those canceled policies - feel that the president and their U.S. senators lying to them about Obamacare is a "good thing"?
Our elected officials are supposed to protect our interests. They didn't. Obamacare has ranged from inconvenient to devastating for almost 250,000 Colorado families.
Accordingly, President Obama and Sen. Udall have been rewarded with approval ratings in the low 40s.
Perhaps this is the one "good thing" that Obamacare may deliver: frustrated Colorado voters unseating Udall in 2014 to replace him with someone who supports their right to make their own health care decisions would be a great thing.
Laura Carno is a political strategist based in El Paso County and the founder of I Am Created Equal. Learn more at www.iamcreatedequal.com.
Carno's response to Davidson
The federal government has taken the most expensive and disruptive route imaginable to cover the uninsured. Instead of simply funding new policies for the uninsured, they've changed the standards on everyone's policies. Men are now required to have maternity coverage; young people who want basic coverage for a lower price are told they must get more expensive policies with features they neither want nor need.
The government should not be in the business of telling us what product of any type they think best for us.
Politicians are not kings, and they are certainly not our parents.