WASHINGTON - Southern Colorado Representatives Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton both voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Both Lamborn and Tipton are Republicans.
Lamborn represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes Colorado Springs. He released the following statement after Thursday's vote:
"I have kept my promise to replace Obamacare with a patient-centered plan that reduces government control, lowers costs, and increases the health care choices available to the American people. The AHCA has improved over the last month. The Freedom Caucus has worked with the moderate Tuesday Group to forge a compromise that will lower premiums and increase the flexibility of individual states to manage their health care decisions. Additionally, I personally negotiated with House Leadership to fix an error that locked veterans into the VA health system and prevented them from accessing the benefits of the AHCA. Securing this important victory for our veterans allowed me to support the bill.
With this vote, we have ended the individual mandate, blocked federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, phased out Medicaid expansion, reduced regulations and taxes, and gutted Obamacare. I hope that the Senate is able to build upon the good work done by the House and deliver a strong bill to the President. By standing with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Health and Human Services Secretary Price, I have voted to move us forward to a future of improved health care access and affordability for all Americans."
Tipton represents the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Pueblo. He released this statement:
“The ACA is broken, and we cannot sit idly by while families in Colorado continue to face exorbitant health care costs. Today I voted to advance the promise I made to my constituents to work to drive down the cost of health insurance and bring competition and choice to the market. As the House developed the American Health Care Act, I was adamant that the replacement plan needed to ensure people with pre-existing conditions would have access to affordable health insurance. The bill provides these assurances. The bill also ensures no one will be dropped from their insurance because of a pre-existing condition, as well as sets aside $123 billion to support states that may choose to establish risk-sharing programs that would further support individuals with pre-existing conditions.
“I am confident that when given the power and flexibility, Colorado’s state and local leaders can make decisions that will produce better health outcomes for individuals and families in our state. The American Health Care Act will go a long way towards restoring power and flexibility to the people who know our communities best.”
Senator Michael Bennet is also responding to the vote. He sent the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“I am willing to work with anyone to fix and improve our health care system, but today’s bill takes us in exactly the wrong direction. This misguided approach would cause hundreds of thousands of Coloradans to lose their coverage, with those in our rural communities hit the hardest. It would also return us to the days when health insurers could discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. For people who are allowed to keep their coverage, it will reduce benefits and increase costs. I will do everything I can to stop this legislation in the Senate and work in a bipartisan way on real solutions.”