ObamaCareGate Cover-up: Did Democratic Senators Try to Cook #’s on Insurance Cancellations?
Jan 9, 2014
Democratic Senators already have a massive credibility problem in part due to their deceptions about ObamaCare. Now a story that broke overnight raises serious questions about whether Democratic Senators tried to cook the books and hide the number of healthcare cancellations caused by ObamaCare from the public. It appears as though at least one vulnerable Senator’s office has been caught.
According to Todd Shepherd at Complete Colorado, Mark Udall and his staff indeed tried to cook the books. “U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices,” Shepherd writes. “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.”
This took place in November, but it doesn’t end there. After Jo Donlin, the Director of the Colorado Division of Insurance, informed Udall’s office that the cancellation numbers were accurate, another blog, Colorado Peak Politics reports that the pressure didn’t stop: “The next day, instead of backing down, Sen. Udall sent his chief of staff to bully the Division of Insurance. Donlin characterized the phone call as ‘very hostile.’”
Shortly after this exchange, polls showed Udall in political trouble. On November 20th, a Quinnipiac poll showed Udall in a statistical dead heat with multiple Republican opponents, and that voters, by a 47 – 41% margin, believed that he does not deserve to be reelected. Even Dean Debnam, President of the liberal polling firm PPP, agreed Udall was in trouble. “The rough last couple months for Democrats have certainly put John Hickenlooper and Mark Udall in a position where they could be vulnerable next year,” he said in early December.
Mark Udall certainly isn’t the only vulnerable Democrat whose polls have taken a huge hit in the last few months. Kay Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen and Mary Landrieu have each seen their numbers fall and were no doubt just as nervous as Udall. Was the Colorado Senator alone is trying to cover-up ObamaCare’s health care cancellations from the public? Did other vulnerable Senators or their staff try to exert political pressure to cover-up the thousands of health care cancellations in their states? Is Udall simply part of a pattern of a broader “ObamaCareGate” effort?
Governor Christie and “BridgeGate” is receiving a lot of attention in the press. But if a traffic jam is big news, then isn’t trying to lie to an entire state and using political pressure to fudge the truth about people’s healthcare not equally (if not more) newsworthy? Someone needs to get to the bottom of “ObamaCareGate.”