Udall: I would vote for ObamaCare again… but there are a few things I would have done differently

posted at 6:41 pm on March 26, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Par for the course on the Democratic talking points here: Koch brothers!; ObamaCare is awesome because you can’t be charged for preexisting conditions or because you’re a woman; we need to fix ObamaCare, not completely get rid of it. Sen. Udall has been trying to gently distance himself from President Obama, and while he isn’t in quite the tragically vulnerable position as some of his Democratic Senate colleagues in redder states, a PPP earlier this month put him at only 2 points ahead of challenger Rep. Cory Gardner — and it sounds like Udall’s taking the advice of that Democratic pollster Allahpundit mentioned yesterday pretty darn seriously.

UDALL: You know, you bring up the ads. There’s going to be a lot of out state money coming in. You can’t buy elections in Colorado. You have to earn them. Coloradans are smart enough to know who is telling the truth and who works on their behalf. And I got to tell you, the Koch brothers who fund these ads really don’t have the interest of Coloradans in mind. To your question, we had a broken system, we had a system that allowed insurance companies to drop people with no notice and refuse coverage, so in the end we had to act. We had to fix a broken system. We now have a system that is far from perfect, but my focus is making it work for Coloradans. And that’s the Colorado spirit. We can’t go back to a time when if you were a woman the insurance companies could drop your coverage. Too many families went into bankruptcy because of health care costs. So in the end we did the right thing. The law is far from perfect. My focus is making it work for Colorado.

HOST: So you’d do it again?

UDALL: I would do it again, Yes, I would… I think, look, if I were there I would say here are some things that we should have done differently, here are some things that make more sense.

Another item to watch in this race is the effect of the burgeoning national debate on natural-gas exports, courtesy of the Russian invasion of Crimea: Natural gas is pretty big in Colorado, and Udall will be swinging hard for the pro-energy, pro-jobs fences, as frequently and as vocally as possible — but the Republican House doesn’t have the tortured internal environmentalist divisions that the Democrat-controlled Senate does, and Gardner’s bill on this would be more likely to make it to the floor first:

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has branded himself “champion of Colorado’s natural gas industry” in the latest front to open up in his campaign against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner.

Udall and Gardner both introduced similar legislation this week to fast-track the approval process for a liquefied natural gas exports from a proposed terminal in Maryland. The measures are meant to speed up the process of exporting natural gas to Ukraine to undercut the threat posed to the region by Russian President Vladimir Putin. …

Both lawmakers argued for their proposals Tuesday. If approval of the licensing process for LNG exports is fast-tracked, it’s expected to not only undercut Russia’s hold over Ukraine but also boost energy-sector employment and natural gas production.

Udall used his advantage in timing to suggest in a press release that his amendment was another example of “his many years of support for Colorado’s energy industry,” even though the environmental group League of Conservation Voters gives him a 97 percent score for fighting pollution and protecting the environment.


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Please win this for us, Congressman Gardner.

GOPRanknFile on March 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Hola mis amigos

chango butt on March 26, 2014 at 6:52 PM

The same way my turds are “far from perfect” as sandwich meat.

Axeman on March 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Go get him Gardner.

jake49 on March 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Too many families went into bankruptcy because of health care costs.

 
Ah yes, the utter and absolute reliance on the low-information voter. Imagine:
 
I have a job making $51,000.
 
If I’m carrying $8200 in debt on a Best Buy credit card,
a $40,000 loan for a new Acura,
a $225,000 mortgage,
$5100 in unpaid medical bills,
and a new $8000 motorcycle that I financed.
 
Guess what they blamed if I filed bankruptcy?
 
The $5100 in medical bills.
 
(Thanks again for the link, justthefacts)

rogerb on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

What? Like read the damned thing?

DAT60A3 on March 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Poor Udall, he doesn’t seem to understand that when you have an EpicClusterFark at the scale of ACA, you can’t just remake / put lipstick and some perfume on it in order to stop it being an EpicClusterFark.

If that worked, the zillions of waivers, exemptions, exceptions, and delays unlawfully enacted by the Administration would have stopped the EpicClusterFark from being an EpicClusterFark. All those efforts did is just spread out the EpicClusterFarkedness of this and triple the cost.

Athos on March 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Captain Obvious would say “well, what do you expect me to say?”
Is there a Democrat who’d say they’d take back their vote?

Marcus on March 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM

(Thanks again for the link, justthefacts)

rogerb on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Nice.

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Embrace The Suck, Udall …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-26/russia-controls-51-ukraine-ships-and-moves-more-tanks-borders-obama-denounces-brute-

Today, there are reports that Russian troops are indeed on the move near Ukraine’s borders.

There is another key difference. Much of the equipment spotted on the move today are not just troop transports and APCs. What we are seeing is reports of main battle tanks, support equipment, and other heavy weaponry. If Russia was not ready to invade two weeks ago, could these reinforcements be enough for an invasion?

Furthermore, on the bypass road near Belgorod, more than 25 Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters have been spotted

[eastern border of the Ukraine]

Julia Karmo of Sky News Broadcasting has geolocated this video, which was taken yesterday in Novozybkov, in the Bryansk region of Russia. Karmo notes that the trains are on tracks that lead to towards Belarus or towards Ukraine.

[northern border of the Ukraine]

Captured UA tanks in #Crimea moved north from Simferopol. Surely, to “protect” Russians&Ukrainians on mainland.

[southern border of the Ukraine]

sharrukin on March 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Thats easy to say! I’d vote again for new version of Obamacare that provides all the popular components and even less of the unpopular components when in fact its the unpopular ones that will in theory make it work. The problem is the Dems keep kicking the implementation can down the road because they know the employer mandate (the biggest delay and the biggest driver of sustainability) wont ever fly with the American public. This guy should be put on the spot. Democrats love their candy and hate their necessary trip to the dentist.

NYCMike on March 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

MeanWhile:

Obama health care law
6m
Hawaii lawmakers weigh up to $15 million annually to support troubled health exchange – @AP
end of alert
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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ Associated Press
First Posted: March 26, 2014 – 7:04 pm
Last Updated: March 26, 2014 – 7:07 pm

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/f7fc71971b45436d8d7fcec19cdb972a/HI–Health-Care-Hawaii/#.UzNd9c5nuSo

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I would do it again, Yes, I would… I think, look, if I were there I would say here are some things that we should have done differently, here are some things that make more sense.

Everyone has 20/20 hindsight. We need leaders that can foresee problems before it’s voted on, not 4 years after.

He thinks saying he’d do some things differently is going to sway people. Any logical person would see that as a weakness.

He’s admitting he couldn’t see the problems his opponent predicted.

ButterflyDragon on March 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Democrat Revisionist history,..sumpins!!

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

What? Like read the damned thing?

DAT60A3 on March 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Exactly. No one read it.

Kaffa on March 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Next time read the bill before you vote on it Mr. Udall but I suppose that would be too much to ask.

diogenes on March 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Someone should tell Udall that even the NYT Op-writers can’t pretend anymore:
Why I’m Jealous of My Dog’s Insurance

whatcat on March 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Exactly. No one read it.

Kaffa on March 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

That’s just it. You can’t really read legislation like this. It runs around about a century of legislation, amending this clause here, inserting into that clause there.

There is so much hidden in Obamacare, that Michael Savage’s producer thinks that he has just now found the Obama’s civil force (equal to the military in size and funding) in the healthcare emergency force that the Exorbitant Care Act authorizes.

Axeman on March 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

…Udall’s counting…on the stoners!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Exactly. No one read it.

Kaffa on March 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Not only didn’t they not read the 2.2K pages of legislation, they haven’t even read the 20K pages of regulations.

Athos on March 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

That’s why you are going to be kicked out by the voters Mr. Udall. Doubling down on the most foolish vote you’ve ever cast is not smart

Whitey Ford on March 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

rogerb on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Don’t forget the $20-30K in school loans.

Marcola on March 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Can someone please ask these ‘mend it don’t end it’ types propose be changed.

What change can they make that makes it work and can pass Congress and Obama?

They can’t get rid of individual mandate without also getting rid of per existing condition…what’s left they think their defending?

Its just an empty talking point until they cough up a real proposal.

ChrisL on March 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Udall must go.

Heck, the Udalls must go.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

If the Republican in this race were smart, he’d start asking Udall what he would do differently. We know the Democrats are happy with this monstrosity, they just aren’t happy it might cost them an election. It’s really easy to say you’d “do a few things different” but what few things. Would you want a bill you could get some Republican votes on? I’d love to see the Democrats challenged on this.

bflat879 on March 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Youdall needs to ‘fast track’ the ACA to the EU and stick a gallon of lng up his…oh, never mind…

vnvet on March 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Just for the record, there are two Sen. Udalls, Mark of Colorado and Tom of New Mexico. Both are running for re-election.

NM Oso on March 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

UDALL: I would do it again, Yes, I would… I think, look, if I were there I would say here are some things that we should have done differently, here are some things that make more sense.

Exactly what things, Senator?

ladyingray on March 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

look, if I were there I would say here are some things that we should have done differently, here are some things that make more sense.

Like I’ve said before, a real journalist would ask, “Such as …?” and wait for an answer. There won’t be any substance. The Dems are asking to be kept in power to fix Obamacare and make it better, but refuse to say what they would change.

Some media person will figure this out before the election gets here, but Repubs should start shaking that tree right now – make them commit before the election and you will discover they don’t have a clue.

DublOh7 on March 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Ohhhhh, pining for the long ago days of democrat-lite in Colorado with the Salazar brothers.

bettycooper on March 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Why would he be aware of any problems with Obamacare prior to the vote, he never read the bill, how would he know?….poor bugger shouldn’t be blamed for his ignorance.

tractah on March 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Too many families went into bankruptcy because of health care costs.

Ah yes, the utter and absolute reliance on the low-information voter. Imagine:

I have a job making $51,000.

If I’m carrying $8200 in debt on a Best Buy credit card,
a $40,000 loan for a new Acura,
a $225,000 mortgage,
$5100 in unpaid medical bills,
and a new $8000 motorcycle that I financed.

Guess what they blamed if I filed bankruptcy?

The $5100 in medical bills.

(Thanks again for the link, justthefacts)

rogerb on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

That old talking point about bankruptcies has been debunked to death, but like many zombie prog-talking points it just won’t die.

You forgot to add, -if you went bankrupt because of gambling losses, it’s a ‘medical bankruptcy’ because gambling is an addiction, a medical issue.

Ditto losing your job because of drug or alcohol problems.

slickwillie2001 on March 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Why hasn’t Udall tried to change the law to match what he would have done differently? Udall has done nothing to change it.

ignatzk on March 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Why didn’t he say something before now? Like months and months ago when he knew O was lying and committing fraud? Why the silence then, Mark?

Good luck with that, clown.

RobertMN on March 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

On that Hawaii story upthread — I looked it up and Hawaii estimates the uninsured population is around 90K (19-64). Yet, only 5744 have signed up?

BTW, that works out to around $17,000 per sign-up and the state received more than $200M from the Feds for their exchange (of which they say they’ve spent $100M).

WhirledPeas on March 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

rogerb on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

I’ve always wondered… how many of the bankruptcies they’re trying to prevent would have still gone bankrupt with the bronze plan coverage, deductibles, and co-insurance payments.

When you pay $1,200/year plus the first $5,000 plus 40% of the rest… can you avoid all, or even most of those bankruptcies?

Or is the problem still there?

gekkobear on March 27, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Well that didn’t take long. Rush Limbaugh was talking about the new Dem strategy that he heard they were going to implement on Obamacare running up to the elections this November. Seems the Dem memo says that candidates should promise to “fix” Obamacare, exactly what Udall is doing. I hope the Colorado voters can see through this and remember HE VOTED FOR IT AND WOULD VOTE FOR IT AGAIN….with changes. He helped create this mess, he should have to pay with his seat. This is choom gang Colorado we’re talking about so I’m not sure how this vote will go. Here’s praying that Colorado is smart enough to throw this guy out.

neyney on March 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM