ACA may need tweaks, but it’s doing what it’s supposed to

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The combination of the Daily Sentinel’s scathing editorial (“A challenge for Tipton”) and Dr. Michael Pramenko’s surgical critique of Tipton’s perfidy (“ACA may need tweaks, but it’s doing what it’s supposed to”) affords ample evidence that Tipton’s ideological commitment to the extremist “Tea Party” agenda ill-serves the interests of the 3d C.D.

Today’s editorial chronicles Tipton’s disingenuous pandering to an ill-informed but vocal local anti-government minority that opposes re-designation of the Colorado National Monument as a National Park, dishonest reinforcement of the “false impression that park status poses a regulatory threat”, and “empty claims” that re-designation “could adversely affect the local economy” – when he knows full-well that quite the opposite is actually more likely (given his own family business’s proximity to Mesa Verde National Park).

Dr. Pramenko’s commentary documents both Tipton’s false promise to local doctors to support a permanent “fix” to Medicare’s inadequate physician reimbursement schedule and the sorry fact that Tipton then “used his vote to help block a bipartisan solution”.

Such despicable duplicity is what we now expect from Tipton, who (like fellow “Tea Partier” Cory Gardner) voted 50+ times to repeal, replace, or defund the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) – while cynically embracing FoxNoise’s “ObamaScare” misinformation. 

The ACA benefits 24 million Americans, including 400,000 Coloradans (and – as of last Thursday—500,000 Pennsylvanians), but Tipton/Gardner obviously don’t care.

Meanwhile, House Republicans like Tipton/Gardner can offer no genuine alternative to the ACA because – as Dr. Pramenko aptly notes – the ACA is already “conservatives’” alternative to the “single payer” approach preferred by “liberals”.

“Tea Partiers” opposed a permanent “doc fix” because it would cost $130 billion over ten years.  Thus, rather than raising the revenues needed to address the real problems facing our Nation, Tipton/Gardner hypocritically regurgitate the empty rhetoric of their already thoroughly discredited “anti-tax” ideology.

Replace them – not the ACA.



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