Rep. Tipton takes hits right and left over shutdown, Obamacare
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Friday that his vote to reopen the federal government last week amounted to a change in tactics, not a retreat in his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
For his trouble, he was blasted by both the left and right in a town hall meeting attended by about 85 people in the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium.His decision to vote to end the shutdown was driven by recognition of political and Constitutional realities, Tipton said.
After 42 House votes to alter or repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the requirement that all Americans have health insurance by Jan. 1, it was time to change the approach, Tipton said. “The tactic was not working,” he said.
The shutdown was causing problems because it was hampering businesses that needed various governmental inspections, as well as causing problems for Americans needing services such as passports. The change in strategy, Tipton said, was vindicated by 10 Democrats in the Senate who have sought a delay in the mandate, including both from Colorado.
Alden Savoca, owner of a Grand Junction small business and opponent of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t persuaded.
“You’ve lost my vote, at least in the primary,” Savoca told Tipton, because the House majority abandoned its principles and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, leader of the majority Democrats, “didn’t abandon his principles,” Savoca said.
And the House, said Grand Junction Democrat Bill Hugenberg, was guilty of playing politics by failing to take up legislation passed by the Senate.
Tipton has regularly complained that the Senate has failed to take up House bills, including most of the 42 measures affecting the health care law passed by the House.
Tipton, who was to speak today in Montrose, said also that Congress has allowed “taxation by regulation.”