Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 2 days ago on Steven Hofman: Fair and square in Colorado

Scott, Could part of the problem be that Harry Reid refused time and time again to allow bills be brought up for vote. Again, plenty of blame to go around. "The Senate majority leader’s hostility toward amendments is finally catching up to him. It took a while, but the media seem to have finally noticed Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s unprecedented obstructionism. The New York Times reported last week on Reid’s “brutish style” and “uncompromising control” over the amendments process in the Senate. Why are more people finally catching on to Reid’s flagrant disregard for Senate customs? In part because conservatives aren’t the only ones complaining."

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 2 days ago on Steven Hofman: Fair and square in Colorado

I am not sure taking control of the senate and increasing number of seats in the house calls for an "autopsy". There is no question this is an interesting election. Regardless of the outcome the trend appears to be that we the people are tired of the status quo. Whether we have the courage to follow through at the voting booth remains to be seen. The HRC email situation is interesting. While it appears there may have been violations, my best guess is if the polls continue to indicate that the Dems will hold the presidency, gain house seats and retake the senate, then her problems will be ignored. If the polls start to indicate she is losing support and the presidency is in jeapordy we might see her come under real pressure from the Obama administration and then it's Bernie to the rescue. With any luck both political parties will implode.

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 4 days ago on Bill study could even out health insurance costs across Colorado

The law of unintended consequences? "The nation’s largest health insurer, fearing massive financial losses, announced Tuesday that it plans to pull back from ObamaCare in a big way and cut its participation in the program’s insurance exchanges to just a handful of states next year – in the latest sign of instability in the marketplace under the law.

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said the company expects losses from its exchange business to total more than $1 billion for this year and last.

Despite the company expanding to nearly three dozen state exchanges for this year, Hemsley said the company cannot continue to broadly serve the market created by the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion due partly to the higher risk that comes with its customers.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it now expects to lose $650 million this year on its exchange business, up from its previous projection for $525 million. The insurer lost $475 million in 2015, a spokesman said.

UnitedHealth has already decided to pull out of Arkansas, Georgia and Michigan in 2017, and Hemsley told analysts during a Tuesday morning conference call that his company does not want to take the financial risk from the exchanges into 2017.

"We continue to remain an advocate for more stable and sustainable approaches to serving this market," he said.

The state-based exchanges are a key element behind the Affordable Care Act's push to expand insurance coverage. But insurers have struggled with higher-than-expected claims from that business"

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Chuck McConnell: Purposeful job destruction

Tim, Help me out. Who are you saying is against Free Trade? Do you know who came out against NAFTA in 2007-2008. It was HRC when she was running for president. Who was for Trans-Pacific Partnership when Sec. of State but now is against it. Yep, HRC. I guess the battering she got from the left and Sanders supporters on TPP was too much so she is now against it even though she was for it. (I do think flip flops look great with pantsuits LOL) Plenty of guilt on both sides of the aisle wouldn't you agree

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Chuck McConnell: Purposeful job destruction

"Denmark produces 140% of its power from wind alone." Appears to me to be misleading. (please don't hesitate to correct me if I am wrong) Denmark had a day when high winds allowed 140% of usage to be generated for a short period of time. It appears that in 2014 Denmark produced about 42% of it's needs from wind power. A fine effort no doubt. But...First half of 2015 stats are in and average cost of electricity in Denmark first half 2015 was just over .30 Euros per Kwh which is well over double the average cost in USA. As I have said in this forum before, affordable renewable energy's time will come but it takes patience. Until that time, less expensive carbon based energy is needed for our economy and especially for the middle and less than middle class.

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flip of a coin sends Routt County treasurer to Republican National convention

Hey Scott, I pulled those numbers from a couple of articles written on the fivethirtyeight website.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bernie-sanders-is-even-further-behind-in-votes-than-he-is-in-delegates/

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-is-the-weakest-gop-front-runner-in-the-modern-era/

Given that I would like to see both political parties fall apart I think a 4 person presidential election would give the American voters the opportunity to put up or shut up. Vote for a party candidate and agree to a continuation of the current political madness that so many complain about or vote in an independent and send a message to the parties. Heck, even throw Kasich in there and make it 5.

Brian is right - Trump deserves nothing until he has 1237 or more delegates. politics ain't beanbag.

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flip of a coin sends Routt County treasurer to Republican National convention

according to fivethirtyeight.com during this primary season thru 4/8 Sanders has won 42% of the raw votes thru 4/11 Trump has won 37% of the raw votes

i am OK with both of them running as independents

Looks to me that the voters are telling the Repubs and Dems to Change their Evil Ways - with apologies to Carlos Santana

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Flip of a coin sends Routt County treasurer to Republican National convention

Our current two party system is a mess and needs to be "fixed". "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." While this quote has been attributed to Joseph Stalin there is no confirmation of him saying that.

I am hoping that Trump and Sanders both run as independents against HRC and Cruz. What fun that 4 way election would be.

To celebrate the 273 anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birthday.

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bob Burks: Reconsider rates

Ski Corp is beholden to Intrawest shareholders not to Routt County residents or second home owners. As the stock of Intrawest is down about 30% from it's initial public offering a little over 2 years ago I am guessing that corporate is going to their bean counters and telling them to find more revenue. As long as folks are willing to keep buying ever increasing in price season passes and day passes ($149 walk up rate for day pass) then there is no reason for Intrawest or Ski Corp to stop raising prices. While Intrawest Stock is down about 30% from it's IPO, Vail Resort Stock is up about 60% during the same time period.

0

Dan Kuechenmeister 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Debt-free schools act passes Colorado House

Is it just me, or does this bill open the door for greater school district financial inequality. Some districts will be able to pass mill levys and some districts won't.

0