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.


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I’m having trouble with the idea that this is a tax hike. The mandate requires people to purchase insurance from private companies. The money is not going into the US Treasury, it is going into the income statements of private insurance companies. As for the competition, the insurance exchanges are little more than a spread sheet that allows consumers to decide which insurance company is offering a product that meets their needs at a price that they can afford.

Claudette, are you being intentionally obtuse or just disingenuous?

Even the Supreme Court called it a tax. The money collected for those who refuse to comply with the law is collected by the IRS through your tax schedule. If you fail to pay it is the IRS who will be coming after you. It is a tax hike.

Hope all is going well with the treatments for your cancer.

Kevin, it helps if you actually read the bill. The IRS only collects the penalty if a consumer does not buy health insurance, and language in the bill prohibits the IRS from assessing any penalty for failure to pay the penalty, which starts out at less than $100, but increases over time. By the way, the Supreme Court said the bill was legal under the authority to tax, removing it from the commerce clause—which isn’t the same as saying it was a tax. The purchase of health care still has money flowing to the individual insurance companies, not the IRS or the U.S. Treasury.

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