Senator Mark Udall Broke His Health Care Promise—Coloradans Continue To Receive Cancelation Notices

August 22, 2014

DENVER – A new report today from the Colorado Division of Insurance shows that thousands of Coloradans are still receiving cancelation notices, despite Sen. Udall’s promises to fix the law. Americans for Prosperity recently went up with an ad highlighting Sen. Udall’s initial attempts to hide the true number of cancellations.

Americans for Prosperity Colorado State Director Dustin Zvonek issued the following statement:

“Senator Mark Udall promised that Americans could keep their existing insurance plans under Obamacare. They couldn’t. Then he promised to fix the law. He didn’t. And now Coloradans have less access to affordable coverage. Patients in need of care are being forced to pay higher premiums and choose from an even smaller selection of physicians after the law excluded their local providers from the state exchanges. Our patients can’t afford more of these broken promises.”

FLASHBACK: YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN

Mark Udall Guaranteed Everything Would Remain Available To Those Who Like It. “If you have an insurance policy you like, doctor or medical facility that provides medical services to you,

you’ll be able to keep that doctor or that insurance policy.” (Mark Udall, “Health Care Reform,”KXRM, 09/02/09)

BUT COLORANDS ARE STILL HAVING THEIR PLANS CANCELED

Over 6,000 Coloradans Have Seen Their Insurance Plans Canceled This Year: “The Colorado Division of Insurance has reported that there were about 2,100 health-plan cancellations in the state over the past two months, bringing this year’s total to more than 6,150.” (Electa Draper, “Colorado says 2,100 health plans were canceled in last two months,” Denver Post, 8/21/14)

341,666 Policies In Colorado Have Been Canceled Overall: “Since 2013, there have been about 340,000 policy cancelations in Colorado. Many customers received notices last fall as the Affordable Care Act was rolling out.” (Electa Draper, “Colorado says 2,100 health plans were canceled in last two months,” Denver Post, 8/21/14)

Fed Up, Colorado Voters Continue Dropping Their Coverage. “In April, the staff projected 13 percent of people will drop or not pay for policies in fiscal 2015, but now they are expecting about 24 percent to drop their policies.” (Arthur Kane, “Colorado Exchange Expects More To Drop Health Coverage,” Denver Post, 07/08/14)

  • Mother In Colorado Springs Faces Premium Hikes and Fewer Health Care Choices. “My son has Crohn’s disease and I’ve battled cancer for years. Yet under Obamacare, our premiums, deductibles, co-pays and other costs have gone up by hundreds and even thousands of dollars. It has also restricted our coverage options — a terrifying thing since we often need emergency medical care.” (Alessandra Desiderio, “Udall Wrong That Obamacare Has Helped Colorado Women And Families,” Denver Post, 07/21/14)

FIRST, SEN. UDALL TRIED COVERING UP THE NUMBER OF CANCELLATIONS

Udall Pressured The Colorado Division Of Insurance To Manipulate Cancellation Numbers When Patients Were Left Stranded. “At the height of controversy surrounding President Obama’s promises on the federal health care overhaul, U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices.” (Todd Shepherd, “Udall’s Office Pushed Back Hard On Number Of Health Care Cancellations,” Complete Colorado, 01/09/14)

THEN SEN. UDALL PROMISED TO FIX THE LAW

Mark Udall Pledge To Pass Legislation Allowing Americans To Keep Their Existing Coverage. “My common-sense bill will allow Coloradans the option to keep their current coverage if they want.” (Mark Udall, “Udall Introduces Continuous Coverage Act,” US Senate, 11/13/13)

BUT COLORADANS ARE STILL WAITING FOR A FIX

MEANWHILE, ANGER IS BOILING UP OVER OBAMACARE’S LIMITED CHOICE OF DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS

Anger Boiling Up Over Obamacare’s Narrow Exchange Networks. “Anger over limited choice of doctors and hospitals in Obamacare plans is prompting some states to require broader networks — and boiling up as yet another election year headache for the health law.” (Brett Norman, “Obamacare Challenge: Choice Of Doctors,” Politico Pro, 07/21/14)

  • Catch-22 Could Create A Whole New Wave Of Affordability Problems. “It’s not just a political problem. It’s a policy conundrum. Narrow networks help contain health care costs. If state or federal regulators — or politicians — force insurers to expand the range of providers, premiums could spike. And that could create a whole new wave of political and affordability problems that can shape perceptions of Obamacare.” (Brett Norman, “Obamacare Challenge: Choice Of Doctors,” Politico Pro, 07/21/14)
  • Patients Don’t Know Who’s Insured. “Even if a patient goes to an in-network hospital, not all the doctors are necessarily part of the plan. For instance patients can get stuck with thousands of dollars in bills for the anesthesia, even if surgery is covered.” (Brett Norman, “Obamacare Challenge: Choice Of Doctors,” Politico Pro, 07/21/14)

Nearly 60% Of Coloradans Oppose Obamacare, And These New Cancellations Aren’t Likely To Change Their Feelings About The Law: “Polls show the Senate race locked in a statistical dead heat, but voters are far less divided on Obamacare. A Rasmussen Reports survey released last month found 58 percent of Colorado voters surveyed disapprove of Obamacare, while only 39 percent approve.” (Valerie Richardson, “Colo. senator’s re-election bid dogged by Obamacare cancellations,” Washington Times, 8/21/14)

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