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Cruz-bashing Obamacare cheerleader Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) now pushing Obamacare waiver for ski resorts

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 23, 2013 02:44 PM

Well, well, well.

Just a few weeks ago, Colorado Democrat Jared Polis was lambasting Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz for taking a stand against the ravages of Obamacare. Polis penned this poem in response to Cruz’s valiant all-nighter detailing how American consumers were losing their plans, seeing their work hours cut, and experiencing skyrocketing premiums:

What a Sham!
by Jared Polis

I do not like Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham
I do not like it, patriot I am.

I do not like him reading it when government is in a jam
I do not like his fake filibuster scam,

I do not like it when Obamacare repeal he tries to ram
or says to breast-cancer survivors “Sorry ma’am”
“I will not insure you in a boat,”
“I will not insure you across a moat,”
“I will not insure your child with asthma”
“I will not insure your disorder of plasma”
“No I will not ensure you or your fam,”
“I will not insure them, Ted Cruz I am”

No, I do not like Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham
And shutting down government without giving a damn,
No I do not like it, I do not like it,
I do not like it, patriot I am.

What’s Jared Polis doing now? Lobbying for an Obamacare waiver for hard-hit Colorado residents who work at ski resorts and cannot afford the high premiums and stiff penalties to come.

Health insurance rates are so high in Colorado’s mountain resort areas that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis plans to seek waivers from the federal government so people who skip buying insurance in 2014 won’t face financial penalties.

“We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay,” said Polis, D-Boulder.

Health coverage guides working to enroll Summit County residents in new health plans through Colorado’s health exchange have been deeply disappointed. They have not enrolled a single new client since Colorado’s health exchange launched on Oct. 1.

“People take one look at the rates and they walk out the door,” said Tamara Drangstveit, executive director of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the group that is leading efforts in Summit County to enroll people in new plans that start on Jan. 1 through Colorado’s health exchange.

“This is hard for me to say. We had really hoped that (the marketplace) would bring down rates. Sadly, that’s not what we’re seeing. People just can’t afford it. Their incomes are already squeezed too tight,” Drangstveit said.

Rates for plans on Colorado’s new health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, are up to three times higher in resort communities from Breckenridge to Vail and Aspen than in other parts of the state. For instance, a 40-year-old buying a mid-level silver plan in Greeley could pay as little as $232 per month while that same person in the resort communities could pay as much as $667 per month.

Looks like Polis might want to take back his Seussian snarking.

Hat tip: Complete Colorado, which reminders readers of Polis’s investment in medical tourism.

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