Lawmakers regroup on health care, Tipton says

Rep. Scott Tipton

Two bills have passed the U.S. House in a piecemeal approach to solving the nation’s health care insurance issues, while congressional Republicans in Washington are “in a regrouping phase,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.

Tipton — who said he would have voted against the previously introduced American Health Care Act had it gone to the House floor — stressed in a statement that his “focus throughout this entire process has been on the cost of health care, because monthly premiums that exceed mortgage payments and $6,000 deductibles are not sustainable.”

Tipton is to speak Saturday morning to Club 20, the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization.

Republicans in the House agree that the health care system must be fixed, Tipton said, “but there are varying viewpoints about how to proceed.”

So far, the House has passed measures allowing small businesses to band together in trade and professional organizations to provide insurance for employees and to subject insurers to laws against price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation that is detrimental to consumers.

Tipton said he supports eliminating the current individual mandate and supports reforms to stabilize Medicaid, and allowing competition to drive costs down.

The unsuccessful bill, the American Health Care Act, also contained some worrisome elements, such as increased costs for older citizens who buy health insurance on the individual market, Tipton said.


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