Tipton: Vote on health law may come soon

A House vote on removing an unpopular tax-reporting provision in the year-old health care law could happen “pretty quick,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Thursday.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure aimed at removing the so-called “1099 provision” of the law. President Obama said in the State of the Union address that he could support repeal of the provision.

The House, which under new Republican control passed a measure to repeal the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, will take up a piecemeal approach to the bill, Tipton told about 100 members of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance in the Grand Junction City Council chambers.

Two areas are likely to be the earliest targets for the new House: allowing the sale of insurance across state lines and tort reform, Tipton said.

Tort reform could take shape first as a way of relieving physicians of the burden of defensive medicine, Tipton said. Physicians often order tests they view as unnecessary as a defense against lawsuits, he said.

The schedule of legislative review also could be affected by any action that might be undertaken by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state of Florida has asked the high court to consider the case in which a federal judge ruled the entire law unconstitutional.

In any case, the House will look at other parts of the law that have support, such as providing coverage for people who would otherwise be uninsurable, Tipton said.

The House also is moving to reach $100 billion in spending cuts this year, Tipton said. An across-the-board reduction, however isn’t likely, he said.

“We need to be a little more surgical,” he said.


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