Delay mandate on insurance for individuals, Tipton urges

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As accurately reported by Gary Harmon this morning (“Delay mandate on insurance for individuals, Tipton urges”), our pathologically dishonest Repugnican Congressman Scott “Tea Party” Tipton is at it again – playing “shell games” with his gullible constituency.

Understandably – even though thoroughly discredited by the Sentinel’s more accurate editorial demolition of Senator Ted Cruz’s bloviating-to-the base (“Cruz carnival”) – Tipton found Cruz’s 21-hour fund-raising appeal “impressive”.

While Tipton (and the Republican Study Committee) earnestly touts Tom Price’s (R-UT) Orwelian-named “Empowering Patients First Act” (H.R. 2300), his is woefully ignorant of its provisions.

First, in contrast to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)(“ObamaCare”), H.R. 2300 “is not ready for prime time” (to quote Tipton) because “it remains in committee and has yet to get a vote in the House” (as Harmon notes), much less been “scored” by the CBO.

Second, because H.R. 2300 provides no funding source for its subsidies – while the ACA is fully funded by various tax increases – H.R. would annually cost $100 billion more than will the ACA, thereby increasing the national debt by $1 trillion over ten years.

Third, Tipton disingenuously claims that H.R. 2300 “also would address pre-existing conditions, one of the attractive elements of the Affordable Care Act.”  That “attractive element” of the ACA “addresses” pre-existing conditions by expressly prohibiting any denial of coverage or other discrimination based on any pre-existing condition (Section 2705, effective January 1, 2014).

Tipton’s preferred alternative would “address” pre-existing conditions by continuing to permit such discrimination (Section 107), except in those narrow circumstances wherein Section 9801 of the IRS Code (relating to employer-deductibility of premiums for group health insurance plans) limits exclusions based on pre-existing conditions.

Fourth, permitting “portability” across state lines undermines the current state-by-state regulatory system, while the ACA allows re-locating citizens to immediately acquire new coverage on state or federal “exchanges”.

Scott knows darn well that the individual mandate is required for Obamacare to work. He should propose solutions, not just shoot things down. If we dont make people have insurance, Mesa County taxpayers pay for their care, through our property taxes and hospital bills. Make people pay their own way!

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