Tipton gets input, votes for health law repeal

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted Wednesday to repeal the year-old health care law, hours after he spoke by telephone with constituents during a town hall meeting.

Tipton, who ran in 2010 as an opponent of the health care law that was sought by President Obama and passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, said he spoke with the Colorado Hospital Association and Colorado Medical Society about the issue before the vote.

“Congress must find a solution that increases access to affordable patient health care, which the current act fails to achieve,” Tipton said in a statement issued after the vote.

Dr. Mike Pramenko, a Grand Junction physician and president of the Colorado Medical Society, said he spoke with Tipton not to ask him to support the law, but to find common ground with its supporters.

“We still have a long way to go on cost containment and reforming medical-liability issues,” Pramenko said.

Pramenko also underscored the need to preserve protections for individuals against denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Tipton has said that provision in the health care law was worth saving, as is the expansion of coverage to dependent children.

The law’s requirement that individuals purchase health insurance, however, remains an issue for his constituents, Tipton said.

Tipton spoke Tuesday night on a conference call to people who responded to a random sample of 20,000 residents of the 3rd Congressional District.

One participant who identified himself as a Dan from Grand Junction urged Tipton on behalf of his diabetic brother to preserve protections for people who would otherwise be uninsurable.

Another urged Tipton to work for a vote in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he won’t schedule a vote on the repeal measure.

“That’s where we will be fighting like tigers, to quote you,” Tipton told a caller who opposed the current law.

The law, the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act of 2010, also is under attack in the courts, where 26 states have filed challenges to the measure.


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