It looks like Boulder Congressman Jared Polis has taken the lead as one of the Democrats to cross party lines and thumb his nose at President Obama's health care proposal.
But his concerns don't have to do with health care itself. No, a letter he wrote that was signed by 21 other Democratic congressmen, is concerned with the fate of the wealthy, according to today's New York Times report:
A group of Democrats elected in recent years from some of the country's richest congressional districts have emerged as a stumbling block to raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for President Barack Obama's ambitious health-care overhaul just as the plan has begun to meet increasing resistance over its cost.
Friday, two freshmen representatives -- Dina Titus, from suburban Las Vegas, and Colorado's Jared Polis, representing Boulder, Vail and some of the tonier suburbs of Denver -- joined Republicans to vote against Mr. Obama's top-priority health-care overhaul when it faced a vote in their House Education and Labor Committee.
One reason was a one-percentage point-surtax on couples earning between $350,000 and $500,000 -- gradually increasing to 5.4 percentage points on earnings more than $1 million -- to pay for it. The bill passed the committee anyway, but if the number of Democratic defectors grows it could pose a serious obstacle to the president
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
The article goes on to quote from Polis's letter, which reads: "Especially in a recession, we need to make sure not to kill the goose that will lay the golden eggs of our recovery."