Tipton, GOP eye health law funding

The U.S. House, which voted once to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, will begin the process of eliminating funding from the new law this week, and Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said he will back the effort.

“It’s my sense that this is our opportunity to defund it,” Tipton said Friday.

Tipton based much of his successful challenge to his predecessor, Democrat John Salazar, on opposition to the health care law, which Salazar supported when the measure passed the Democrat-controlled House in 2009.

Now that the House is in Republican hands, the new leadership vowed to eliminate the funding the new law requires.

That won’t come in the form of a stand-alone bill, but as an amendment to a continuing resolution that won’t contain the defunding measure when it’s introduced on the floor of the House, Tipton said.

The idea of the defunding measure, however, is “not to just eliminate” some elements of the health care law that have support, Tipton said.

He said denial coverage because of pre-existing conditions or denial of coverage to children   “can be addressed in a different fashion” than that of the current law, Tipton said.

“We want to address what that bill did not, affordability and accessibility,” he said.

New costs, such as those of 24 to 28 new agencies, remain to be determined, Tipton said.

The Tipton-supported House measure that would have repealed the health care law failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but opponents claimed a recent victory when a federal judge found the entire law to be unconstitutional earlier this month.

In a tour of the the 3rd Congressional District last week, Tipton said, he asked whether people had seen their health care costs drop, “and not one hand went up” in his meetings. Instead, he was told that older people were losing their health care or seeing those costs increase, Tipton said.


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