By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
A Colorado Democrat who introduced a U.S. senate bill Wednesday to prevent insurance policy cancellations under Obamacare voted against a 2010 resolution that would have done just that.
But now, trying to upstage President Obama, Sen. Mark Udall is declaring victory – saying the president’s call Thursday for insurance companies to stop cancellations a “scaled down version” of his solution to “ensure that the health care law works for Coloradans.”
“I am glad the White House is starting to address my concerns and those of thousands of Colorado families that received insurance cancellation notices,” Udall said in a press release posted on his web site Thursday. “We also should build on this progress by giving Americans more time to enroll after the federal website is fully functional.”
Udall co-wrote the Continuous Coverage Act with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH after attending a meeting with the president and voicing his concerns. Then came news that only 106,185 people had enrolled in Obamacare while 4 million have been served with cancellation notices.
But in 2010, Udall joined fellow Senate Democrats to unanimously crush a Republican effort to block policy cancellations and the vote came in at 59-40. Udall’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
In a 2009 interview on Fox affiliate 21News, he suggested the Republican measure was unnecessary. Repeating a line that has come to haunt the president, Udall said, “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.”
“The resolution that the Republican Party put forward would’ve stopped these cancellations from happening — you wouldn’t lose your health care, you wouldn’t lose your doctor,” said Owen Loftus, spokesman for the Colorado Republican Committee. “Udall votes almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama and the extreme fringe of his party. He is trying to step back from this disaster that he caused. It’s insulting to the people of Colorado to think they will fall for this, they see right through his action.”
Yet in Colorado, 250,000 residents have lost their insurance policies, according to the Colorado Republican Committee.
“Mark Udall owes the Coloradans who have lost their healthcare plans an apology and an explanation for why he voted to have their policies cancelled,” said Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Committee.
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