Colorado United for Families is launching a new television advertisement in an effort to hold U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) accountable for voting to increase health care premiums, making healthcare unaffordable for thousands of his own constituents.
In the advertisement, Colorado United for Families, a progressive grassroots advocacy campaign, calls out Congressman Tipton for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. This was done through his support of the GOP tax bill passed December 2017.
The individual mandate requires those who do not have health insurance, but can afford to buy it, to pay a monthly penalty fee. The mandate was originally established to encourage younger, healthier people to enroll in health insurance and keep costs lower for older people that tend to have more health concerns, causing their insurance to cost more.
The repeal of the individual mandate will cause an estimated 235,000 Coloradans to become uninsured by 2025 and approximately $302 million will be cut from Medicare in 2018 according to the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy and research advocacy group.
Of those losing coverage, 35,200 are Tipton’s own constituents.
“Congressman Tipton’s actions in Washington, D.C. have had a direct, negative impact on Coloradans. By voting for TrumpTax breaks, health care premiums could increase by nearly $2,000 next year for families in Colorado,” said Ian Silverii, ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director and Colorado United for Families Advisory Board Member in a press release. “His constituents, and all Coloradans, need to know who is responsible when their premiums continue to skyrocket.”
Voting to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act seems to be on Tipton’s agenda, as his website states:
“As we continue our work to fix the health care system by repealing and replacing Obamacare, I will support legislation that allows the free market to work and competition to drive down health care costs.”
However, with the removal of the mandate and the rest of the Affordable Care Act still in place, it does not appear that the price of health care will be declining.
Premium averages are projected to rise 10 percent on average and the number of uninsured people could increase by 13 million over the next decade according to a projection by the Congressional Budget Office.
“There are many, and I am one of them, who believes that that actually will harm the pool in the exchange market because you’ll likely have individuals who are younger and healthier not participating in that market,” said Trump’s former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, in a speech he made to the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. “And, consequently, that drives up the cost for other folks in that market.”
Price subsequently made a statement through the Job Creators Network saying that repealing the individual mandate was “exactly the right thing to do.”