Health care repeal: Colorado's congressmen follow party lines

7:42 AM, Jan 19, 2011   |    comments
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"I do support repeal," Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) said in an interview on Tuesday morning at 9NEWS. "The individual mandate in the law is unconstitutional. I think it'll go before the Supreme Court, which will rule that way, but secondly, it puts really an undue burden on small business."

Critics of the law have contended the regulations involved on employers will lead to dramatic job losses and that expanding the number of people who have health insurance should be done through incentives like tax credits rather than government mandates. Further, Coffman asserts that without a legitimate discussion of medical malpractice reform, cost containment cannot happen.

Supporters of the law say they will vote against its repeal because for the first time in decades, this country is tackling important issues like guaranteeing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, allowing people to move from job to job without fear of losing their insurance and closing the so-called "donut hole" for seniors who were paying significant funds out of their own pockets for prescription drugs.

"To throw the whole thing out when you are finally dealing with some very, very important issues that have hung around for years, I think is a really extreme departure from where we should go," Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) said during Sunday's YOUR SHOW on My20.

Practically, the vote in the U.S. House will be symbolic as the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate has vowed to block the measure's repeal.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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