Tipton: Bills offer relief on health care costs

Two bills that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said could help reduce health care costs have passed the House and are awaiting action by the U.S. Senate, Tipton said Saturday at the fall meeting of Club 20.

About 200 members of the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization applauded when Tipton noted that the House had passed a measure that would allow the sale of insurance across state lines and another that would allow people to purchase coverage through associations.

Associations that are large enough — Tipton noted that TriState Generation and Transmission Association could qualify — could offer coverage to a large enough risk pool that pre-existing conditions wouldn’t be an issue, he said. Tipton noted that he wasn’t suggesting that the association was interested in offering insurance.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., also lent his support to people being able to purchase coverage through associations, noting that even industry competitors could form associations to provide coverage to employees and others.

Tipton also drew applause from Club 20 when he said he favored Congress having to live under the same health care laws it establishes for the rest of the nation.

Tipton also called for lower tax rates, noting that the 1997 capital-gains tax cut from 28 percent to 20 percent resulted in “record revenues to the government.”


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