Coffman flip-flops on Obamacare

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Rep. Mike Coffman.

Rep. Mike Coffman.

As everyone knows, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is locked in a very competitive race with former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff. Coffman's ultra conservative record includes scores of votes to repeal and defund Obamacare. In other words he wants to destroy the President's signature policy accomplishment. As late as March 26, 2014, less than a month ago, Kurtis Lee of the Denver Post reported that Coffman had joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in demanding Speaker Romanoff join them in calling for the repeal of Obamacare.

A lot has happened in the past twenty-seven days. Over eight (8) million people have found health insurance on the state and federal exchanges thanks to Obamacare. Millions of uninsured people now have basic health care under Medicaid and healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in over fifty (50) years and, as fr those skyrocketing premiums predicted by the hard right – it isn't happening. Where does that leave Mike Coffman and his insistence on repealing Obamacare because in his opinion it is a disaster? he facts and public opinion are now running against him and as usual he has now flip-flopped on the issue less than a month after he demanded that his opponent call for the repeal of Obamacare.

Today I received a letter soliciting a campaign contribution from Coffman that contained a "confidential memo from Tyler Sandberg, his campaign manager, deriding Obamacare and making the usual false claims that "350,000" (everyone else says its 335,000) Coloradans had their health insurance canceled (forgetting to mention 92% received renewal notices in the same envelope with the cancelation of last year's policy) and claiming Obamacare "will be a significant issue this election," and claiming "It is a very real issue causing very real harm to Colorado families." In other words, at least in Mr. Sandberg's opinion, he lines up with the "Old Coffman" and wants Obamacare repealed.

However, Coffman's cover letter takes an altogether different position on Obamacare. In his fear based plea for contributions, he tees off on Nancy Pelosi and makes the following statement:

And what would a Democrat-controlled House mean?

No chance to amend and reform Obamacare.

The "New Coffman" just twenty-seven (27) days after the "Old Coffman" called (again) for the repeal of Obamacare now favors retaining the President's healthcare legislation while amending and reforming it. Since the "New Coffman," unlike the "Old Coffman," supports Obamacare, we need to know what amendments he favors. Surely, since he has thrown the repeal of Obamacare under the bus sometime in the last twenty-seven days, he can tell us, the voters in the 6th Congressional District, what reforms and amendments to Obamacare he favors.  

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    It's a relief to see Coffman give up on repealing Obamacare, in the same way that it's a relief when the neighbor dogs stop barking at a siren. You know that they'll start right up again at the next siren, though.

    It would be interesting to know what "amend and reform" means to Coffman- probably something to do with taking away contraceptive coverage. Luckily, I'm pretty sure that he won't get the chance to amend anything.

    • As the diary notes – the devil's in the details, and New Coffman hasn't mentioned the details. I'm guessing that New Coffman, if pressed, would still vote for the "repeal" portion of "repeal and replace" if there was some vague promise of "replace" in the future.

  2. exlurker19 says:

    What Coffman means is:  "I'll say anything to get re-elected, so I can continue hiding out in the subfloors of Congress, and then I'll vote the way I'm told to vote by the Republican Leadership." 

    And we can all count on that.

  3. horseshit GOP front group says:

    Is this the beginning of the rats jumping off of the anti-Obamacare ship ?  Smells like the inception.  Wouldn't it just be divine irony by November if they didn't want to talk about it at all ?   What the hell are they going to talk about then ?   Fracking and personhood ?


    It's not like they have any achievements to discuss.

  4. ajb says:

    It's the new official line.

    AC and Moddy have received their talking points and they're running away from "repeal, Repeal, REPEAL!" as fast as they little legs will carry them. 

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