Chuck McConnell: Represent us, Udall


— I received a letter this week from Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in which he indicated to me that he joined his Senate colleagues and passed landmark health reform legislation (H.R. 3590). A few weeks ago, I sent him a letter asking him to vote against the legislation and vote with the majority of Coloradans who reject the federal takeover of health care.

In response to his Feb. 11 letter to me, I renewed my plea to him in the following letter to vote against the legislation the next time it comes before the Senate:

“Dear Senator Udall:

I received your February 11 letter and remain absolutely shocked that you continue to support the so-called ‘health care reform legislation.’ You were elected to represent the voters of Colorado, and you are not doing that with your support of that pernicious legislation. The majority of U.S. and Colorado voters do not want the massive changes in their health care system the bill represents.

Even in light of a record media bombardment by the president and his cohort, Colorado voters perceive the legislation to be a takeover of health care by the federal government (and we really do not trust the government with such an important task), to be an avenue for tax increases and decline in quality of care (particularly seniors such as myself given the massive cuts to Medicare in the bill) and to be inaccurately scored by the Congressional Budget Office (e.g., 10 years of tax and fee revenues vs. six years of benefits) not representing the true cost of the bill. We know that our already out of control budget deficit (now 84 percent of GDP) will balloon further. Can you see why there simply is no trust by a majority of voters?

It is mind-boggling that you and the other Democrats cannot see that if you backed off the goal of single-payer government control and you included a tough tort reform measure, cross state lines insurance company competition and a sincere effort to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system you would likely get Republican support. You would actually achieve the goal of true health care reform and cost reduction.

How can you vote against the will of the people you represent because Senator Harry Reid tells you to? You represent us, not Senator Reid. I urge you to listen closely to what Coloradans say about this important matter. I urge you to switch to the side of the voters in Colorado — the people you represent and vote against the bill.”


Chuck McConnell

Steamboat Springs


beentheredonethat 7 years ago

thank you Senator Udall for supporting the process of passing landmark health reform legislation. You listened to the majority of Coloradans to which I belong.


trump_suit 7 years ago

Thank you Sen. Udall for supporting the Healthcare legislation in spite of the partisan tactics employed by the Republicans. I too support this legislation and am asking you to vote in favor of it.


skidattle 7 years ago

Way to go Sen. Udall and Bennett for your support of health care reform. We can pass the legislation with a simple majority. just like Bush tax cuts, cobra, etc.


seeuski 7 years ago

So there are 3 or so majority Coloradans? Take off your blinders fellas, like it or not the polls show different and the majority knows that the deficit DOES matter and this 3.6 trillion dollar expense will blow up our economy, what's left of it. Small steps at a time to fix the actual problems, not a Government takeover for political reasons. We don't need a complete healthcare entitlement that will destroy our health delivery system. November 2010 is approaching. We'll fix it at the polling booths.


skidattle 7 years ago

A deficit created during the Bush years. It's not a government take over, insurance exchanges were a Republican idea. Small steps have been done for years, it's not working. Health care costs will bring down the economy at %17 of GDP. Wall Street's running health care now, the real voice of the party of NO.


seeuski 7 years ago

You live in a dream world, Obama has quadrupled the deficit. Unemployment has gone to 17% when he promised it wouldn't go above 8% with his stimulus and now you want to trust him on the math he is propagating for this takeover? Not me pal. Be careful what you wish for skid.


seeuski 7 years ago

And the Dems blocked all the small steps proposed under the Republicans just so they could arrive at this day, a day when they gain total power over our lives with the complete healthcare entitlement guaranteeing them votes into the foreseeable future. Americans are becoming hip to the Chicago style of power at the end of a baseball bat.


Brian Kotowski 7 years ago

Via National Review, a roundup of current polling on Obamacare - support/opposed:

Rasmussen: 41/56 Newsweek: 40/49 Public Policy Polling: 39/50 Pew: 38/50 Quinnipiac: 35/54 Ipsos/McClatchy: 37/51 NBC/WSJ: 31/46 CNN: 38/58 NPR: 39/55

If, as skidattle & trump_suit suggest, the GOP is the party of no, it is merely reflecting the will of American - and not just Republican - voters. It seems likely that the left in this country believes with Paul Friedman that our representative republic should be dispensed with, in favor of Chinese-style authoritarianism:

"One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century."

In other words, those who embrace leftist policies are "enlightened." Those who disagree are to be ignored and steamrolled.


Troutguy 7 years ago

So let me get his straight, Chuck. You are against government takeover of health care, yet you don't want them to touch your government run Medicare? You don't "trust the Govt. with such an important task", but you seem pretty happy with Govt. run Medicare. Sounds like you were for Govt. run health care before you were against it.


Cooke 7 years ago

Well-said Sep. Always refreshing to see some actual figures to back up all the hot air and venom that gets passed around these forums.


Chuck McConnell 7 years ago


With respect, there is a very big difference between the institutionalized Medicare plan and the proposed pernicious "reform" legislation.

If you and I were blogging about Medicare in the 60's I would have been vehemiently opposed to it then. Retired people, however, factored Medicare into their retirement plans since it was the law of the land. We paid what we were forced to pay for it over many years. To take it away now, or to reduce it as o proposes, would be a severe hardship. If Medicare had not been enacted, I and millions of others, would have planned otherwise for retirement health care and we would not be facing as a nation tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities as we are now.

In sum, I was opposed to it then just as I am opposed to the budget busting "reform" legislation now being considered.

As an interesting (to me anyway) sidenote, a trillion dollars is: $1,000,000,000,000.
In $20 bills, a trillion weighs 11 million pounds. Kind of daunting, huh?

The only thing the Feds have run well is the military -- a Constitutionally mandated function. All other programs they try to control are bankrupt. This legislation will drive us closer to those infinitely wise Greeks who now fall in the basket of third-world countries. When o gets through spending us into a Greek-like abyss and then monitizes that debt, your gas will cost $8 - $10 a gallon and interest rates will rise to double digit.


seeuski 7 years ago

And the Union bosses get a free pass under Obama, now we know what Andy Stern was doing during all of his Oval office visits. Transparency you can believe in, NOT!

As Obama stated in 2008 " when I debate healthcare I seek the advice of Andy Stern". Well how many healthcare workers can Obama force into the union dues paying rolls? Hold onto your pensions people.


paul potyen 7 years ago

"Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."

-Edward Bernays, Pioneer of Corporate PR and Propaganda


sledneck 7 years ago

Speak for yourself potyen. I am the only legitimate ruler of the "Kingdom of me".


John Fielding 7 years ago

right on sled, we can choose to believe or keep our minds open to possibilities not acknowledged by the powers that be.


NamVet 7 years ago

All See knows how to do is repeat what he hears on the "Fair and Balanced" FOX which was created for people who had to be told how to think. Bush and the Republican Congress got us in this mess by canceling the Balanced Budget Amendment and going on a spending spree. This country may never recover from his fiscal irresponsibility. John McCain would not have been able to turn this country around either. What is needed is massive cuts in Defense Spending, Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security which is 80% of all Gov't spending. Doing away with Earmarks is a drop in the ocean. The Democrats are no better than the Republicans, all they do is spend our money on the people that give them the most contributions for the next election. The whole Congress should be fired. The one thing that is great about passing Health Care reform is Rush promised to leave the country so he can get an unlimited supply of oxycotin.


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