Tipton: I would have voted ‘no’ on American Health Care Act
Had a vote on the American Health Care Act gone forward Friday, he would have cast his against it, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.
The measure contained several elements he favored, but it lacked a Congressional Budget Office score that would have reassured constituents that their premiums would be brought under control, Tipton said shortly after Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the vote.
Tipton hadn’t taken a position in the days and hours leading up to the decision to pull the bill, but had stressed that he wanted to make coverage more affordable.
He couldn’t assure one constituent in particular — a Ridgway woman whose premium costs more than her mortgage — that the costs would be corralled, he said.
Congress can’t simply walk away, though, Tipton said, because problems persist under the Affordable Care Act.
“Here we have too few providers, double-digit rate increases, senior citizens can’t find a doctor,” Tipton said. “Those problems have not gone away. We do have an obligation to address this.”
The first Congressional Budget Office score said that as many as 24 million would have lost insurance coverage and there was no CBO score on the version that was to get a vote.
It would have been better to conduct a vote with a second CBO score, he said.
Some ideas can go forward, such as allowing individuals to pursue coverage through associations, and Tom Price, the Georgia physician who is now secretary of Health and Human Services, has broad leeway to administer the ACA, Tipton noted.
“We’ll see what some of the ideas are going forward,” he said.