Tipton Votes to Repeal Federal Health Care Law

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to repeal the federal health care law underscoring that its implementation is already having a negative impact on small businesses and families in the 3rd District and will decrease the availability of quality care.

“Plain and simple, this law fails to deliver on its promise to provide affordable care. In exchange for filling out a 21-page federal health insurance application and bearing the brunt of a $1 trillion tax increase, Americans will see an increase in their insurance premiums, a decrease in accessibility to quality care, and lost jobs,” said Tipton. “Seniors in my district are worried that they will no longer have the freedom to make decisions with their doctors, and instead will be subject to decisions made by an unelected board of bureaucrats on the care they can receive. Small businesses in my district are already reducing employee hours and cutting jobs because of the demands and burdens of the federal health care law.”

During a March House Small Business Committee hearing Tipton cited examples of businesses in his district that are already reducing employee hours because of compliance issues, increased premium costs, additional tax and regulatory burdens, and other concerns with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many families will experience an increase in health insurance. In Colorado, health insurance premiums are anticipated to increase as much as 25 for individual plans and 37 percent in the small group market according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The ACA has already added thousands of pages of regulation to the books, with more on the way.  However, there is very little guidance on compliance in place, leaving small business owners to wade through a confusing, incomplete and unclear bureaucratic mess and make best-guess decisions that could prove costly. This uncertainty is hampering economic growth and costing jobs. More than 50 percent of small business owners nationwide say that health care costs and taxes are the top obstacles to job creation.[1]

Instead of increasing affordable access to care, the ACA is forcing small business owners to lay off employees, eliminate their employer-based health care plans, and redirect already tight resources toward compliance and additional costs, rather than maintaining and creating jobs. By further stressing limited resources, the ACA adversely impacts providers’ ability to see patients and provide quality care, and is leading to an increased number of physicians opting out of seeing Medicare and Medicaid patients altogether.

“There’s a big difference between everybody in the country having health insurance versus quality healthcare. Doctors are already dropping out of the system and turning away patients because of the federal health care law. We can have all of the insurance in the world, but if there aren’t doctors to accept it, we’re going to have a health care crisis,” said Tipton. “I believe that there are better solutions for health care in this country. I support a market-driven approach that encourages competition and empowers states to expand pools to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, while keeping the promise to seniors by protecting and sustaining Medicare, as well as keeping critical care decisions between patients and their doctors. Americans should be able to make decisions with their doctors on the care options that are best for them and their families, and have access to that care.”

More on how the Affordable Care Act will impact families and businesses here.

[1] January, 2013 Gallup/Wells Fargo Small Business Index