Health care woes dominate town hall

Rep. Scott Tipton

Health care concerns and business costs dominated issues raised Monday during a telephone town hall by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., who offered assurances that people now on Medicaid will remain covered as Congress considers changing the Affordable Care Act.

Under a replacement bill that passed the House, patients can’t lose coverage because of pre-existing conditions, Tipton told one caller, Debbie, in Grand Junction.

“I just don’t know how I’m going to survive,” Debbie said after detailing setbacks.

“It sounds like you might fit into Medicaid,” Tipton said to as many as 60,000 people who asked to participate in the call.

“If you qualify, you will still receive those Medicaid dollars,” Tipton told another caller, Ivan in Pueblo.

Continuing high insurance costs are making it difficult for small businesses to survive, said another caller, Tyler in Grand Junction, who asked, “What are you doing to create a more small-business-friendly environment?”

A major idea behind the House legislation is to give premium buyers greater choices of coverage, including less-expensive options than are now required, Tipton said.

“That is the goal, to let the free market work and let people have choice in terms of the coverage they would like to have,” Tipton said.

Simple solutions will remain hard to find, Tipton told Lisa in Durango, a single mother and emergency room nurse who noted that costs are rising “astronomically” on both sides of her life, as a mother and hospital employee. “What can you give us struggling to remain in the middle class some relief?” Lisa said.

Stand-alone medical clinics and greater freedom of choice in coverage are important, Tipton said, but health coverage “will always be a work in progress for our country.” Tipton took 16 calls from people around the district, which covers most of the Western Slope.


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Mr. Tipton simply doesn’t get it!  The CBO has already projected that over 20,000,000 would lose whatever insurance they currently have under the ACA, and here is Mr. Tipton mouthing “insurance one can afford” or “cheaper insurance”, which really amounts either to insurance that covers very little (making it largely worthless) or with deductibles so high that people can’t afford medical care.  Now, if such as Mr. Tipton can predict when people will get sick, or with what, his approach might have some merit, but nobody has yet been able to do that, as it is impossible.

However, don’t expect either Mr. Tipton or Mr. Gardner to face up to that fact.  After all, that is not what they were taught, and never bothered to learn.  They are not concerned with humanitarian concerns, only materialistic ones.
Then we have business owners who care only about their business and not their employees who, the truth be told, is not something separate, but part of the compensation package, one which the employees actually end up paying for with their own labor.  So, the employer really only “writes the check” for the insurance but it isn’t a “freebie” provided “gratis”, or out of the goodness of the employers heart.  Those employers who either can’t, or will not pay a living wage to their employees, should probably get out of whatever business they are in.  Some employers, those who are better educated and understand things have already made it plain that by moving to universal healthcare, that would free them up to concentrate on their enterprise, without the headache of worrying about “health insurance costs”.

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