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Studying Healthcare to Death: Colorado Commissions $500,000 Study on Rising Costs

Why haven’t insurance costs improved under the new healthcare law? Inquiring minds at the Colorado State legislature want to know. The $2,500 savings per family promised by the Administration never came to fruition. In fact, the Affordable Care law has created the opposite effect for many, including those in Colorado. The reason cited for escalating premiums has been Obamacare. Yet, the cause of rising costs is a mystery to some senators in the Rocky Mountain state, causing them to commission a $500,000 study on the issue. “[T]he Senate passed a measure Friday that would form a commission to diagnose why so-called affordable healthcare is a ...

Udall Meets S. E. Colorado

Senator Mark Udall, (D-CO) visited communities in southeastern Colorado to talk about the economy and local issues. On Friday, January 13, Udall met with the residents in the Arkansas Valley to focus on ways to bolster the local economy. On Friday morning, Jan. 13, Udall toured the Rocky Ford site of Innovative Water Technologies, a start-up water purification company. "There is nothing more fundamental than clean water," said Udall. “I am going to work with IWT to further connect them to FEMA and will work as a member of the Armed Forces Committee to research ways in which the military can utilize this technology more broadly." Next Udall ...

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado Sen. Michael F. Bennet’s voting record shows that he has voted for record spending and national debt. Bennet voted for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more commonly known as the “stimulus” or the “Recovery Act,” which is the largest spending bill in U.S. history. He has also voted more than once to raise the government's debt ceiling by trillions. Bennet is also intent on health-care reform. In 2009, CNN's John King asked then-freshman Bennet, "If . . . you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you if you support ...

Introducing Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado

Michael Farrand Bennet, (D-CO), was first appointed as the junior senator from Colorado in 2009 by then- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Ken Salazar, who became secretary of interior in the Obama Administration. Before his appointment as a junior senator, and subsequent election to a full six-year term in November 2010, Bennet was the superintendent of Denver public schools. The selection seemed to be a fluke to both Democrats and Republicans, who considered Bennet a dark-horse, as he lacked legislative experience. Bennet, a Democrat, had never campaigned for nor held any legislative office before his appointment. ...

News Briefing for Friday, April 17

HEALTHCARE: 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care Share of Each Taxpayer Dollar Spent on Health Care Up 22 Percent Since 2012. “Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care."  While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 16

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio and the Three-Strikes Theory of Politics “…In the past year or so, Rubio has been trying to regain the trust of his party’s hard-liners, saying that nobody has an automatic right to immigrate to the United States and stressing that improving border security should be the first priority. He’s had some success in this enterprise. “I think that Sen. Rubio has done something that most politicians don’t do,” Jenny Beth Martin, the president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, told Politico. “He evaluated what went wrong … [and] is working to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 14

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: 'Yesterday is Over': Rubio Announces 2016 Campaign “…Rubio's announcement is receiving praise from at least one tea party group. He ran as an outsider in 2010 for U.S. Senate and upset the Florida political world with his surprising win, catching the eye of the tea party as it was gaining traction. "As we mark the Sixth Anniversary of our original Tax Day rallies, it's gratifying to see yet another candidate who shares tea party values enter the 2016 presidential race. We have come a long way, in six years, when three tea party senators are major players in the presidential race," Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 13

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Fiorina, Tea Party loyalists have much in common “Carly Fiorina told the Tea Party Patriots Sunday that she too wants smaller, more responsive government, as she spoke and took questions from callers. The grassroots conservative group has been hosting government officials and potential presidential candidates in its teleconferences. Fiorina, a former corporate executive, said she will “probably make a final decision and announcement within a month” on a White House bid. She stands to be the only major Republican woman in the race. Sunday, she stressed her executive skills, criticizing both the George W. Bush and Obama ...

News Briefing for April 11

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare sticks some enrollees with unexpected bill “Last year, a study found that about four out of every 10 people who received financial help from the government while buying their Obamacare health plans had no idea they were getting any assistance. This tax season, many of those people may be in for a rude surprise when they're asked to pay some—or even all—of that money back. That's despite government and tax preparers last year repeatedly urging those enrolled in Obamacare plans to report changes in income during the year, to avoid a situation where they owed back—or were owed by the government—more in the way of ...

News Briefing for Friday, April 10

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare spending leads to a higher budget deficit so far in 2015 “The Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday that the federal government saw a higher budget deficit in the first half of fiscal year 2015 compared to 2014, and said higher spending due to Obamacare is part of the reason. CBO said the budget deficit was $430 billion in the first half of fiscal year 2015, a $17 billion increase. While there were several contributing factors to that increase, CBO said spending on Obamacare was a significant change from 2014 to 2015. First, CBO said Medicaid spending rose by $31 billion from October 1 through March 31 compared ...