There is no question that Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis has been a cheerleader for ObamaCare. What does Polis want to do now that the law is having negative effects on parts of his Congressional District? Repeal the law for everyone? NO! Not a chance. Polis wants a special interest waiver for only certain groups. Despite the law’s bad affects on everyone, Polis only wants a bailout for some. Unfair and hypocrtical? You bet. That’s Polis.
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Dr. Jill Vecchio, a Colorado physician, has produced a seven-part video series about the impact of ObamaCare. The videos include the following subjects: (Part 1) who will be covered; (Parts 2 and 3) what are the costs; (Part 4) state exchanges and employers; (Part 5) doctors and patients; (Part 6) Constitutional issues; and (Part 7) ideas for real healthcare reform.
The videos are certainly worth watching and we hope you will take the time to learn more about how ObamaCare will affect you and your family:
Colorado Christian University is suing the federal government over a federal government mandate that requires businesses that provide insurance coverage for employees to also buy coverage that includes abortifacients. The suit is in response to a federal government mandate issued by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last summer that requires insurers to cover “preventative services” without any copays. The morning after pill and ella are among those “services.”
The college is contending this violates their rights to free speech and freedom of religion. The lawsuit contends that: “The government’s mandate unconstitutionally coerces Colorado Christian to violate its deeply-held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines and penalties.”
Two years ago, Colorado expanded its Medicaid program – extending coverage to so-called “childless adults.” When the state adopted the expansion, estimates concluded 49,200 people would become newly eligible for the program at a cost of $292 per person per month ($197.4 million per year total). But now, according to the Denver Post, “the number of people eligible for coverage is nearly three times as high as first projected and the cost of insuring them is almost nine times original estimates.” Reality has set in as the Colorado Health Institute has concluded 143,000 people are eligible at a cost of $900 per person per month, costing nearly $1.75 billion per year ($900 per month is far more expensive than private insurance premiums for an individual).
In response to a program expansion that quickly blew a hole in the state budget, the state has decided to cap enrollment on a first-come, first-save basis to the first 10,000 enrollees. The Denver Post reports that “Advocates for the uninsured said the department’s decision to scale back coverage was the only realistic option until 2014.” What changes in 2014? Neither the number of eligible individuals nor the cost per enrollee will be reduced. In fact, this expansion will be just as unaffordable for taxpayers in 2014 as it is today. Instead, what is changing is that the federal government, unlike Colorado which must balance its budget, will borrow trillions of dollars to finance an unaffordable entitlement program.
What is happening in Colorado will be happening in every state once the ObamaCare expansion of Medicaid kicks in. It will burden taxpayers and lead to further crises in state and federal budgets. The federal government should do what Colorado has done when faced with an affordable entitlement program – limit the unaffordable program. In the Feds case that means repeal ObamaCare.
According to the Denver Daily News, Republicans in Colorado are exploring several options to shield the state from ObamaCare. The article specifically mentions these measures:
- A Colorado state legislator last month introduced a bill that would allow the state to opt out of ObamaCare;
- Republican Attorney General John Suthers has joined 20 other states in filing a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over ObamaCare;
- Congressman Doug Lamborn (Colorado Springs) voted to repeal ObamaCare’s burdensome tax reporting requirements, which he says will harm Colorado’s economy.
The Denver Daily reports that newly-elected Congressmen Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner have vowed to vote for full repeal of ObamaCare.