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Obamacare too costly for rich Coloradans, Democrat congressman says

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Part 48 of 96 in the series Obamacare

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org

One of President Obama’s most ardent liberal supporters has defected from Obamacare.

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I’M VOTING WITH THE PRES: Jared Polis listens to a House debate to repeal Obamacare.

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, told a Colorado health policy think tank that Obamacare premiums will be too expensive for some of the wealthiest addresses in America – ski resorts like Breckenridge and Keystone. He says he’s asking the feds to let them sit out the president’s national health system.

“We will be encouraging a waiver,” Polis told Health Policy Solutions in a story that ran today. “It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay.”

The resorts are in Summit County and Aspen is in a neighboring county, which Polis also represents. He has consistently voted in favor of Obamacare.

Polis also wrote to Colorado’s insurance commissioner asking why an average 40-year-old mountaintop resident would have to fork over $427.80 a month while counterparts in Denver would pay $296.41 for the same plan.

All of this sounded a bit hypocritical to the Colorado Republican Party.

“Why not seek a waiver or delay for every Coloradoan or every American for that matter?” Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call told Watchdog. “Labor unions, big corporations, other politically connected friends of the Obama administration and Summit County are justified in seeking a waiver but what about others?”

Summit County has approximately 1,200 more registered Democrats than Republicans.

Polis Chief of Staff Brian Branton did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.

President Obama has come under fire from Republicans who say Americans will have to endure higher healthcare costs under the Affordable Care Act. While Obama steadfastly maintains that it will be lower costs for all, critics say premiums for the average American not signing up for Obamacare could triple or worse.

So far, Democrats have remained mostly united. Polis has become the party’s highest-profile defector.

“If it’s good enough to seek a waiver for a county that’s a friend of the administration, couldn’t everybody?” Call asked.

Contact Tori Richards at tori@watchdog.org and on twitter @newswriter2.

The story originally was published Oct. 23.

Part of 96 in the series Obamacare
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  8. Senator asks: Do you want this dysfunctional government taking over health care?
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  10. Oregon’s Obamacare ads resemble middle school art
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  15. NM’s health exchange tries to lure ‘young invincibles’
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Tori Richards is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter who has covered some of the biggest news in the world during her 25 years in the business. She has also won a dozen national and local writing awards for her coverage of the judicial system. Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report. Some of her biggest stories included the cases of OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Night Stalker.

  • amongoose

    Really suks ta find out that after he was elected your useful idiot days were over doesn’t it.
    But by all means push for your waiver that the serfs won’t be entitled to, then wait to see just how many of them show up with pitchforks in November to send you packing.

  • Oldmonkey

    I’m more keen to see the Federal Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branch get stuck with every curse they inflict on those they are supposed to serve.

  • 244888

    As everyone will soon find out. It’s too expensive for everyone that already had insurance. Premiums are out of sight for most people. People that had policies had the ones they could afford, that had reasonable deductibles and premiums. With the new ones coming, with the silver, bronze or what ever coverages, it’s out of sight for most hourly and salaried people. Don’t see how the country of the working taxpayers can afford the new style transfer of the worker’s wealth, into the pockets of the un-working non-taxpayers pockets.

  • Judith77

    He’s up for reelection! That is the ONLY reason he is talking reasonable. hahahahaa. If he wasn’t up for reelection he would tell his elite constituents to ‘pay their fair share.’ The sad thing about it is, middle income is the population that will suffer the most. Absolutely bankrupt us with one hospital event. Even in Colorado with lower premiums. The Deductibles and 20% is unsustainable.

  • amongoose

    It was never supposed to be anything other than a bridge you were “nudged” onto on the road to single payer.

  • amongoose

    Those are the useful and no longer needed idiots. Kings don’t need or want a middle class, serfs are the desired population. Serfs dependent on government for their existence.

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