Colorado Democrat Pushes Obamacare Waiver For Constituents In Mountain Resort District


Democratic Congressman Jared Polis is planning to request an individual exemption from Obamacare for affluent residents of the ski resort communities that comprise his legislative district in Colorado.

Polis, who until recently has been a firm supporter of Obamacare, told Health Policy Solutions Wednesday that even wealthy families in cities like Keystone, Breckenridge and Aspen (although Aspen lies just beyond his district) are experiencing sticker shock as their existing insurance policies increase in cost – or are canceled outright – under Obamacare.

“We will be encouraging a waiver,” he said. “It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay.”

The HPS story that quotes Polis also focuses on the reactions residents have when they see, for the first time, what they’re being asked to pay for health care through Colorado’s State-run Obamacare exchange.

From the story:

“People take one look at the rates and they walk out the door,” said Tamara Drangstveit, executive director of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the group that is leading efforts in Summit County to enroll people in new plans that start on Jan. 1 through Colorado’s health exchange.

… Health coverage guides have worked with some clients for up to 90 minutes and walked them through the entire enrollment process only to have them suffer sticker shock and bail when it came time to pick a plan.

“They literally are walking out the door,” Drangstveit said.

Asked how many have purchased plans so far, she said: “Nobody. Zero.”

Polis has requested answers from the State insurance commissioner about why people in his district are being asked to pay, in typical scenarios, nearly double what their distant neighbors in the Denver area are paying for health insurance.

“For example,” he wrote, “a 40-year-old individual in Summit County purchasing a bronze-level plan from the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Statewide PPO would pay a minimum of $427.80 a month – compared to $339.18 in Boulder and $296.41 in Denver for the same plan. This discrepancy between counties is repeated for plans on and off the state health exchange, and at bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels.

“I respectfully request that DOI provide my office with a thorough explanation for these price differentials.”

Polis is preparing to request that Summit County be reclassified under the insurance rating schedule established for neighboring counties to the west, where the cost of living is not as high.

Great – so who’s going to pick up the difference in cost if his constituents do manage to get reclassified? Other Coloradans, as well as other Americans who subject themselves to the 2014 Obamacare enforcement process known as “tax season.”

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  • flashy

    FYI…one doesn’t have to buy health insurance via the Exchanges. If you have insurance you prefer, keep paying on it. The requirements it must not bar pre-existing conditions, children may stay on until 26, rebates from your company if less than 80%.of premiums not paid out etc….those ate required now.

    The good Congressman is either unaware of the law, is playing to the wacked crazy contingent in his district. or perhaps he’s been in the high altitudes too long

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      flashy….you are welcome to keep on thinking and believing all the Lies that your “Little Boy Dictator” and his Regime are telling you about the “Death Care” Bill….but it is apparent to anyone that reads and listens with an open mind… that this Train Wreck is a Liberal Marxist Socialist agenda that has only one thing in mind…COMPETE POWER AND CONTROL BY THIS EVIL GOVERNMENT….And there are many on both sides of the isle that are part of the Evil that takes place in the DC CESSPOOL…

    • ‘Barbara Messmer

      Sure and did not you see that even the White House has admitted that many Insurance Companies were not allowed to participate due to ‘not coming to our standards’? That would mean all those people who were happy with their insurance can not, as Obama had said, keep it.

  • Stuart Shepherd

    FYI flashy, while what you’ve pointed out is TECHNICALLY true, it is not PRACTICALLY true in any way, shape or form (primarily because the insurance you have now does not have those things and would go up to just the same sky-high premiums as offered by the exchanges if they did or converted to them). Either you’re too unintelligent to figure this out logically or factually or you’re purposely being disengenuous and I vote for the latter. The law should be called the “RECA” not the aCA- Racketeering and Extortion Care Act. It is the perfect political weapon by nature and is being used as such in its’ administration, as well. It is designed for marxism and government control of EVERYTHING, including life and death. Wealth redistributive benefits are being bestowed- through the bill- to the democrats’ economic class base. Special waivers, exemptions, etc. are being bestowed to the wealthy supporters of the gestapo regime (who would otherwise suffer under its’ redistributive “penalties” structure)- leaving only guess who? Hard working middle-class workers to pick up the entire bill. Just totally unbelievable that a congressman would have the balls to request an exemption for his constitutents. And a Democrat that voted for it, no less! They are totally beyond belief in their hostility and arrogance and viciousness. I love the one in Florida who sent out a picture of a burning cross to his constitutents talking about the Tea Party! What is up with that? Who ARE these people? What you have is, essentially, Hitler and the growing gestapo under his control and support. Hitler wouldn’t have succeeded (obviously) without support. Those people actually came to believe all the trash talk of the Nazis through endless propaganda and it looks like that’s what’s happened to the democrats. But everybody still knows right from wrong and a lie and they’re still responsible for themselves- in this life and at Judgment day.

    • billybob

      Why is it that you have to be so derogatory to people who have questions. It is that when you were smaller you were belittled by your paarents? Did you have troubles in school. You are no as nearly as smart as you think you are! By the way I completely agree with you analysis of where this country is going

      • FreedomTrainUSA

        Because Fashy and all the rest of the Liberal Bots that Grace us with their INTELLECTUAL NOTHING….Do not have a clue as to what is happening in this country….the References to Hitler and Nazi Germany are VERY REAL IN THIS NATION TODAY….It is time that people in this country wake up and throw out the DANGEROUS BULLS**T CALLED POLITICAL CORRECTNESS…..AND START SPEAKING THE “REAL” TRUTH OF WHAT IS GOING ON….

  • ron44

    Question..Why was the website that posted price comparisons for heath care coverage taken down?

  • Walt wenger

    Soon we will all have a single payer system, basically Medicaid for all — then you will see premiums really increase!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      We have that already….It should be called MEDI-SCAM…..but goes by the name of Medi-Care….

      • Walt wenger

        If you think Medicare is a scam, look into Medicaid — I have! They pay any bills sent to them and don’t even bother to look at the bills — no reasonability checks, no dollar amount checks, nothing! Is this a recipe for fraud? I;m really glad that Medicaid has more money than God, that way we can keep our taxes lower — just send all the bills to Medicaid.

        • FreedomTrainUSA

          Agree…Medicad is 100% FRAUD…..i was refering to Medicare….because…I see first hand the Scam in it…As that is what the “Death Care” Bill was to make everyone deal with the same BULLS**T that Seniors now deal with…

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    It appears that the REALITY of the DEATH CARE TRAIN WRECK is starting to register on even some of the Liberals…..HUM!!!!!