Tipton, Pace spar after health-law repeal OK’d in House
The U.S, House vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday was turned quickly to political ammunition in local races, not least by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.
Soon after the vote, Tipton’s campaign released a statement criticizing his Democrat challenger, state Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, for dodging a stand on the law.
Pace responded that the 244-185 vote with five Democrats joining with all the Republicans, was “nothing more than an attempt to score partisan political points” and said Tipton had “gone Washington.”
The vote marked the 33rd time the House has voted to repeal all or parts of the law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 after it passed both houses of Congress with no GOP votes.
Pace said last week that he didn’t look favorably on the individual mandate to purchase health insurance.
Tipton in a statement called the act “the largest tax increase on American families in history,” and called for “a market-driven approach” that would encourage competition and empower states to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Pace’s campaign said he would not have supported the mandate, but would have preferred a tax credit for people who purchase coverage.
Pace “believes the best thing to do moving forward is work together upon improving the bill to ensure health care is affordable and accessible and continue things in the existing framework that are good for consumers like insuring more children, not denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions and extending the age that students can remain on their parents’ insurance,” his campaign said in a statement.