Tipton not yet a lock for health bill

Rep. Scott Tipton

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., was a holdout Monday on the American Health Care Act, which is set for a vote Thursday.

Tipton, who has said he favors repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, was expecting changes to be made to the bill before it reaches the floor, according to his Washington, D.C., office.

Tipton described himself as “pro-repeal of the ACA” during a telephone town hall this month, but he added, “that doesn’t mean I’ll vote for just any bill.”

Tipton has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

That bill would make health insurers subject to federal anti-trust laws, which Gosar said would mark “a critical first step to establishing the proper foundation for a competitive and consumer-driven health insurance marketplace.”

The measure as drafted calls for removing taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices.

It also would eliminate the penalties for individuals and employers for failing to obtain or provide coverage mandated by the federal government.

Critics have pointed to a Congressional Budget Office report that concluded as many as 24 million people would lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed.

The top priority in repealing the Affordable Care Act is to ensure that all Coloradans have access to affordable health-care services, Tipton’s office said.

Much weighs on the Thursday vote as President Donald Trump listed repeal of the Affordable Care Act as a top priority of his new administration.


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