‘Choke off’ funds for health care, Tipton says

The Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District called for reductions in the size of the federal government and said he would vote to “choke off funding” for health-care legislation passed by the current Congress.

Scott Tipton spoke to about 110 people, most of them supporters, Thursday night in a town-hall meeting in the Grand Junction City Council chambers.

Scott McInnis, the last Republican to hold the post that Tipton is seeking, joined the audience and said Tipton “would do a helluva job for this part of the country.”

McInnis was edged out of his own bid last month in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

McInnis was succeeded in Congress by Democrat John Salazar, who is seeking his fourth term representing the 3rd Congressional District, which includes much of the Western Slope and southern Colorado.

Health-care legislation will cost $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years, Tipton said, and the only way to bring those costs under control is to cut them in the House, which controls the nation’s purse strings.


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