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Leftist Senator Udall From Colorado Pressured State Agency To Change Obamacare Cancellation Numbers

Sen. Udall Pressured State Agency To Change Obamacare Cancellation Numbers – Yid With Lid

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Rather than work to fix Obama’s healthcare bill like other Democrats, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) pressured a state agency to change the way its estimated healthcare cancellations because of Obamacare. Udall wanted the state Department of Insurance to downgrade its estimate of Obamacare-related insurance cancellations from 250,000 to just 73,000, because while the plans they liked were cancelled some Colorado residents were offered replacement plans.

Udall is broad brushing and assuming that because Anthem and Kaiser offered early renewals, the people who received that option after receiving a cancellation notice should not be counted. Commissioner Salazar would like to tell Sen. Udall that 250,000 people were in fact affected by cancellation notices,” insurance department director of external affairs Jo Donlin wrote in November, according the emails.

Emails originally obtained by CompleteColorado.com in January created controversy for the Senator and his vote for President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In one of those emails, Donlin said Udall’s office was trying to “trash” the cancellation numbers as tallied by the DOI. In another email, Donlin complained that she received a “very hostile” call from Udall’s deputy chief of staff after she had informed the Senator’s office that the DOI was unlikely to change or modify their calculation of 250,000 policy cancellations in 2013.

Udall’s office did eventually issue their own press release, which netted them a significant story in the Denver Post. In another email, Donlin sent a link of the online Denver Post story to her colleagues, pointing out that the story quoted “Sen. Udall staff,” which seems to highlight that the story did not name an individual directly. Furthermore, Donlin said the online comments were “interesting.” Many of those online comments were critical of both Udall and the Post‘s story. For example, commenter dwschulze said, “So a Democrat who supported Obamacare says that most of the cancelled policies aren’t really cancelled. And you support that with a statement from another Obamacare supporter. You need to provide some independent verification of Udall’s statement for it to be anything but another dubious statement about Obamacare.

Can’t really blame Senator Udall, like other Democrats who worked to pass Obamacare, he is desperately trying to to put lipstick on the failed pig of the President’s signature program.

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Speaker Boehner Pressured By Special Forces Group To Appoint Select Committee On Benghazi

As Benghazi Anniversary Nears, Boehner Pressed For New Probe On Attack – The Hill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other House Republicans are coming under increasing pressure to create a special investigative panel ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi terror attacks.

A group of special forces veterans has spent $5,800 for three giant billboards scheduled to go up in Boehner’s district this week. And another conservative group plans to hold a day-long commemoration at the steps of the Capitol on Sept. 11.

“If 4 Members of Congress were KILLED in Benghazi would we have a Watergate-style Select Committee today?” ask the billboards, which feature photos of Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Demand Justice for Benghazi.”

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The billboards, sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, call on lawmakers to sign a discharge petition forcing a vote on legislation from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) that would create a select committee.

Boehner is the main obstacle to the legislation, which would take power away from the lawmakers he has placed at the helm of committees with oversight over the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

Special Operations Speaks this month also called on its supporters to question lawmakers on camera during their summer town hall meetings about whether they support a discharge petition from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) that bucks Boehner and forces a vote on Wolf’s bill.

The month-old petition only had two co-sponsors in addition to Stockman when Congress broke for recess, and even Wolf opposes it.

“Get some video,” Special Operations Speaks said on Facebook. “We don’t care if they walk away, say no – as long as they do in on camera. Cell phone video works.” The group’s Facebook page has received more than 200,000 “likes.”

A spokesman for Special Operations Speaks told The Hill that it welcomes cash donations and in-kind contributions of ad space in any district, but that “the strategy is to go after Republicans first.”

Even ostensible GOP allies on Benghazi have been targeted for criticism.

When Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told Fox News last week that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, the group called him out for his reluctance to join Stockman.

“RepKinzinger getting headlines for outing HillaryClinton screaming fit,” Special Operations Speaks tweeted Friday. “Why hasn’t he signed the DischargePetition.”

Separately, the group Patriots4America will commemorate the attack on the U.S. mission that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11 starting at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Capitol.

Confirmed event speakers include 2012 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), Utah congressional candidate Craig Bowden (R) and Louisiana Senate candidate Rob Maness (R).

Meanwhile, a State Department source tells The Hill the agency is split between those who want to commemorate the Benghazi tragedy and those who are wary of further politicizing it.

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to the Benghazi victims at an American Foreign Service Association Memorial Plaque Ceremony during this year’s Foreign Affairs Day, on May 3.

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