Scott R. Tipton – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected U.S. House Of Representatives Congressional District 3, Colorado

Colorado Republican Party
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Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Scott Tipton, a lifelong Coloradan, was raised in Cortez, CO. Scott met his wife of 26 years, Jean. The Tipton's have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

He went on to Ft. Lewis College in Durango where he studied Political Science, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

After leaving Ft. Lewis College, Scott returned to Cortez and co-founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery with his brother Joe.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Board Member, Crow Canyon Archeological Center

Board Member, Mesa Verde Foundation

Board Member, Mesa Verde National Park

Member, Montezuma County 100 Club

Member, Advisory Board, Pueblo Community College

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Scott Tipton was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives for the 58th District in November of 2008 with 59% of the vote. For the 2009 legislative session, Scott was named to seats on the House Agriculture Committee, Livestock Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Local Government Committee. Over the past year Scott has worked to ensure quality water for the people of Colorado and to improve the air quality of Southwest Colorado by addressing restraints on the Four Corners Power Plant. He also sponsored legislation to protect our children from the worst criminal offenders by mandating harsher penalties for child sex-offenders and allowing law enforcement to collect DNA evidence from suspects through Jessica's Law and Katie's Law. Since being elected to Congress in 2010 Congressman Tipton was appointed to the committees on Small Business, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Christian

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Abortion, a General Statement

I am pro-life and I believe abortion should be limited to cases that involve rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. I would support a constitutional amendment to protect the unborn human life. In Congress I will work to institute a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. I will oppose all federal funding of abortion and to support federally elected judges who take a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

I am pro-life.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Right to Life Constitutional Amendment

I would support a constitutional amendment to protect the unborn human life.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Federal Funding for Abortion

I will oppose all federal funding of abortion.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Abortion for Rape and Incest

I believe abortion should be limited to cases that involve rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Business
Small Business

We should allow small businesses and other organizations to create combined risk pools in order to cut costs.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Business, a General Statement

Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Civil Rights
Property Rights vs. Civil Rights

I will fight tirelessly to protect private property rights.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Legal Reform, a General Statement

Limits must be set on costly and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that only serve to line the pockets of trial lawyers, while driving up costs for doctors and patients and encouraging doctors to practice defensive medicine.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits

Limits must be set on costly and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that only serve to line the pockets of trial lawyers, while driving up costs for doctors and patients and encouraging doctors to practice defensive medicine.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Economy
Stimulating the Economy

The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government "stimulus" plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Economy, a General Statement

Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government "stimulus" plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Education
School Safety

I strongly support strong school safety programs.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Improving Education

As the husband of a former school teacher and the proud father of two daughters, education has always been a top priority for me. We must provide our children with the necessary knowledge and resources to compete in the 21st century economy. I strongly support tougher graduation standards, strong school safety programs, and a robust charter school program. I will oppose all unfunded federal mandates on our local school. While promoting basic statewide standards, I will work to protect local control so that we can ensure we prepare our students with the tools they need to succeed in life.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Local Control Over Education

While promoting basic statewide standards, I will work to protect local control so that we can ensure we prepare our students with the tools they need to succeed in life.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Charter Schools

I strongly support a robust charter school program.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Student Standards

I strongly support tougher graduation standards.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Education, a General Statement

As the husband of a former school teacher and the proud father of two daughters, education has always been a top priority for me. We must provide our children with the necessary knowledge and resources to compete in the 21st century economy. I strongly support tougher graduation standards, strong school safety programs, and a robust charter school program. I will oppose all unfunded federal mandates on our local school. While promoting basic statewide standards, I will work to protect local control so that we can ensure we prepare our students with the tools they need to succeed in life.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Federal Mandates

I will oppose all unfunded federal mandates on our local school.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind

I support an "all of the above" approach to energy development which includes pursuing solar, geothermal, wind, and new green energy advancements. We should not limit our potential to find new and cleaner sources of energy by taking viable options off the table now.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Energy, a General Statement

I strongly oppose the cap and tax legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives and currently under consideration in the Senate. It will impose layers of additional complex rules and regulations on businesses while creating a slush fund for politicians to dole out to their favorite constituencies. It will artificially increase the cost of energy for every individual, family, and business and cost us thousands of jobs as our companies are forced to compete against foreign firms unburdened by our high energy and compliance costs. Even with all of the new regulations and costs under the cap and trade plan it would have little impact on global CO2 emissions. The biggest future emitters of CO2 are the developing economies of India and China, neither of which is prepared to hinder their own growth and prosperity with arbitrary limits on CO2 output.

I support an "all of the above" approach to energy development which includes pursuing solar, geothermal, wind, and new green energy advancements. We should not limit our potential to find new and cleaner sources of energy by taking viable options off the table now. I support the construction of new nuclear power plants and increased exploration and use of natural gas in Colorado.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Nuclear Power

I support the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Natural Gas

I support increased exploration and use of natural gas in Colorado.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Environment
Land, Rivers and Lakes

We need to protect the 3rd Congressional District's water from downstream threats, and from instate water grabs. It is the life blood of our agricultural industry as well as our recreational endeavors.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Clean Water Act and Water Quality

We need to protect the 3rd Congressional District's water from downstream threats, and from instate water grabs. It is the life blood of our agricultural industry as well as our recreational endeavors.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Global Warming, Climate Change

I strongly oppose the cap and tax legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives and currently under consideration in the Senate. It will impose layers of additional complex rules and regulations on businesses while creating a slush fund for politicians to dole out to their favorite constituencies. It will artificially increase the cost of energy for every individual, family, and business and cost us thousands of jobs as our companies are forced to compete against foreign firms unburdened by our high energy and compliance costs. Even with all of the new regulations and costs under the cap and trade plan it would have little impact on global CO2 emissions. The biggest future emitters of CO2 are the developing economies of India and China, neither of which is prepared to hinder their own growth and prosperity with arbitrary limits on CO2 output.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Environment, a General Statement

We need to protect the 3rd Congressional District's water from downstream threats, and from instate water grabs. It is the life blood of our agricultural industry as well as our recreational endeavors.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Values, Religion & Family
Family Values

As a father I understand the importance of strong family values. That is why I support traditional family values.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Fatherhood

As a father I understand the importance of strong family values. That is why I support traditional family values.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Family, a General Statement

As a father I understand the importance of strong family values. That is why I support traditional family values.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Deficit Spending

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government "stimulus" plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Food & Agriculture
Agriculture, a General Statement

Agriculture is the economic backbone of the 3rd Congressional District, the state of Colorado, and the nation. Farmers and ranchers give rural America the character many of us see as the embodiment of the American Spirit. To preserve and protect our rural communities and our farms and ranches, we must work to breakdown the regulatory obstacles that are currently inhibiting their success, and I will fight tirelessly to protect private property rights.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Marriage

I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that the marriage-centered family is the foundation of our society. I believe legislation regarding the definition of marriage should be left to be the people and their elected representatives in the states, not co-opted by judges and the federal government.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Marriage Left Solely to the States

I believe legislation regarding the definition of marriage should be left to be the people and their elected representatives in the states, not co-opted by judges and the federal government.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Government
Government, a General Statement

Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Earmarks

Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Guns
Gun Control Legislation

I support legislation that increases concealed carry permits and will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Guns, a General Statement

As a gun owner and a lifelong member of the NRA, I am committed to ensuring that neither the federal nor state government infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. I support legislation that increases concealed carry permits and will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

As a gun owner and a lifelong member of the NRA, I am committed to ensuring that neither the federal nor state government infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Health & Medical
Health Opportunity Accounts

We must change the regulations on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to allow for greater annual contributions and roll-over of unused funds, and to encourage the use of HSAs for routine health care costs.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Improving Health & Medical Care

*Tax equity

The tax code must be amended to allow those who purchase coverage in the individual insurance market to use pre-tax dollars in the same way that employer-provided coverage is purchased with pre-tax dollars.

*High risk pools

High risk pools must be created to cover those with pre-existing and chronic conditions.

*Encourage use of Health Savings Accounts

We must change the regulations on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to allow for greater annual contributions and roll-over of unused funds, and to encourage the use of HSAs for routine health care costs.

*Portability of insurance

Individuals should be allowed to keep their insurance plan without penalty if they leave a job or move across state lines.

*Tort reform

Limits must be set on costly and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that only serve to line the pockets of trial lawyers, while driving up costs for doctors and patients and encouraging doctors to practice defensive medicine.

*Promote transparency

We must provide consumers access to cost and quality information for comparison-shopping.

*Purchase insurance across state lines

We must open the insurance markets so that coverage may be purchased across state lines, providing consumers with more options and greater affordability.

*Small business risk pools

We should allow small businesses and other organizations to create combined risk pools in order to cut costs.

*Promote innovation

We should promote innovation in health care with competitive markets, eased regulatory burdens, and greater patient access to new and promising treatments.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Meaningful health care reform would have addressed the distorted incentives built into our health care system that drive costs, and therefore prices, ever higher. As costs for health care continue to rise, the government will be forced to contain those costs by other means, namely by rationing access to various treatments or in particular circumstances that are deemed insufficiently cost-effective. Access to care and availability of new treatments will become a political question, and solely the province of politicians and bureaucrats.

In contrast, a market-based approach relies on the private decisions of millions of individuals informed by the price mechanism. It empowers the individual to make decisions regarding their insurance and health care needs based on their particular circumstances and priorities. It puts the consumers of health care -- the patient -- in control of their own health care dollars, and ultimately in control of the care and treatments that they wish to receive in return for those dollars.

By lifting the regulatory barriers that inhibit choice and competition in the insurance market and then applying targeted solutions to problems such as pre-existing and chronic conditions, we can create a dynamic marketplace that provides affordable insurance options for people of all needs and circumstances. The following reforms build on the strengths of our current system, while correcting the distorted incentives, to create just this type of dynamic market:

Encourage the innovation of new drugs, treatments, and other health care technologies by reforming the inconsistent, lengthy and costly FDA trial process and allow greater patient access to new and promising treatment options. It is important that we fight with everything we have to achieve the ultimate defeat of ObamaCare, but let's also keep in mind that we are fighting for real conservative reform of American health care as well.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Immigration
Employers Who Hire Illegals

In Congress I will work to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Immigration, a General Statement

American citizenship is the single common factor that bridges all social, economic and cultural divides in America. I have always been proud of the immigrant tradition in America and of the vision of our great country as "a shining city on a hill" offering freedom-lovers from all over the world the opportunity to make something of themselves in America. I believe it is important that we continue to welcome those who seek to come to this country legally, but I strongly oppose amnesty or any special benefits for illegal immigrants. I believe we must secure our borders as a matter of national security. In Congress I will work to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and oppose any and all policies that offer rewards to people who come here illegally.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Securing Our Borders

I believe we must secure our borders as a matter of national security.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Immigration Reform

I strongly oppose amnesty or any special benefits for illegal immigrants. I believe we must secure our borders as a matter of national security. In Congress I will work to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and oppose any and all policies that offer rewards to people who come here illegally.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

I strongly oppose amnesty or any special benefits for illegal immigrants.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Iran
Iran, a General Statement

We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Iran Diplomacy

We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Iran Nuclear Deal

We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Iraq Policy

We must continue to promote peace and democracy in Iraq.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Iraq, a General Statement

We must continue to promote peace and democracy in Iraq.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government "stimulus" plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!

Government spending is entirely out of control: we TRIPLED the annual federal deficit in just the first nine months of FY2009 and the 2010 budget tops over $4 TRILLION for the first time in history. Symbolic of the reckless disregard with which politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars are the political payoffs and personal pet projects -- known as "earmarks" -- included in any major piece of legislation. The prevailing Beltway notion that people are here to serve the government is a dangerous one that we must take every opportunity to challenge and refute.

It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we must tell them enough is enough.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance Purchase Choices

High risk pools must be created to cover those with pre-existing and chronic conditions.

We must provide consumers access to cost and quality information for comparison-shopping.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Medicare

We have a great opportunity to stop Medicare fraud and abuse to further protect our seniors. The cost of the program has ballooned under the weight of an estimated $60 billion in fraud and abuse. According to conservative estimates, just by putting technology in place address at the front end of the claims process, we can save $65 billion over 10 years.

I was disappointed to see that a very reasonable Republican-sponsored bill that would have used technology used by credit card companies to tackle abuse was not included the Democrats' health care plan. If elected I pledge to support legislation that addresses Medicare fraud.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Medical Malpractice Reform

Limits must be set on costly and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that only serve to line the pockets of trial lawyers, while driving up costs for doctors and patients and encouraging doctors to practice defensive medicine.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Employers' Medical Insurance

We should allow small businesses and other organizations to create combined risk pools in order to cut costs.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

We must repeal because ObamaCare will be toxic to the relationship between government and citizen, toxic to the natural rights and freedom of the individual, and toxic to the welfare and prosperity of the nation. We then must replace this legislation with a different type of reform; one that empowers the individual rather than the government, unleashes the competitive forces of the market to drive innovation, and eliminates the costly government mandates that drive up costs and reduce options for health insurance. We will replace it because we always understood that the status quo ante was unacceptable. Our opposition was not to reforming health care, but to federal government control of health care.

Much of the discussion on health care reform has centered on containing the rapidly inflating costs of health care in America. Making health care affordable is the key to making it accessible for all Americans. ObamaCare attempts to cut costs by fiat: dictating the amount government will reimburse providers for care and limiting the amount insurers may charge customers in premiums (i.e., imposing de facto wage and price controls). As a solution to rising costs this approach falls flat because it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of price versus cost: the refusal to pay more than a predetermined price for health care services, while possibly justifiable under the budgetary constraints of the federal government, does nothing to alter the underlying costs of providing care that are responsible for driving prices higher. Medicare already reimburses doctors and hospitals at a rate 80% to that of private insurers, and Medicaid's record is far worse. Oftentimes the reimbursements are not sufficient to cover the costs of treatment, with the shortfall necessarily covered by higher prices for other non-governmental payers. Expanding the pool of patients under government programs will only exacerbate the problem.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations

Limits must be set on costly and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that only serve to line the pockets of trial lawyers, while driving up costs for doctors and patients and encouraging doctors to practice defensive medicine.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

We must change the regulations on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to allow for greater annual contributions and roll-over of unused funds, and to encourage the use of HSAs for routine health care costs.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Free Market Health Care

In contrast, a market-based approach relies on the private decisions of millions of individuals informed by the price mechanism. It empowers the individual to make decisions regarding their insurance and health care needs based on their particular circumstances and priorities. It puts the consumers of health care -- the patient -- in control of their own health care dollars, and ultimately in control of the care and treatments that they wish to receive in return for those dollars.

By lifting the regulatory barriers that inhibit choice and competition in the insurance market and then applying targeted solutions to problems such as pre-existing and chronic conditions, we can create a dynamic marketplace that provides affordable insurance options for people of all needs and circumstances. The following reforms build on the strengths of our current system, while correcting the distorted incentives, to create just this type of dynamic market:

Encourage the innovation of new drugs, treatments, and other health care technologies by reforming the inconsistent, lengthy and costly FDA trial process and allow greater patient access to new and promising treatment options. It is important that we fight with everything we have to achieve the ultimate defeat of ObamaCare, but let's also keep in mind that we are fighting for real conservative reform of American health care as well.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Meaningful health care reform would have addressed the distorted incentives built into our health care system that drive costs, and therefore prices, ever higher. As costs for health care continue to rise, the government will be forced to contain those costs by other means, namely by rationing access to various treatments or in particular circumstances that are deemed insufficiently cost-effective. Access to care and availability of new treatments will become a political question, and solely the province of politicians and bureaucrats.

In contrast, a market-based approach relies on the private decisions of millions of individuals informed by the price mechanism. It empowers the individual to make decisions regarding their insurance and health care needs based on their particular circumstances and priorities. It puts the consumers of health care -- the patient -- in control of their own health care dollars, and ultimately in control of the care and treatments that they wish to receive in return for those dollars.

By lifting the regulatory barriers that inhibit choice and competition in the insurance market and then applying targeted solutions to problems such as pre-existing and chronic conditions, we can create a dynamic marketplace that provides affordable insurance options for people of all needs and circumstances. The following reforms build on the strengths of our current system, while correcting the distorted incentives, to create just this type of dynamic market:

Encourage the innovation of new drugs, treatments, and other health care technologies by reforming the inconsistent, lengthy and costly FDA trial process and allow greater patient access to new and promising treatment options. It is important that we fight with everything we have to achieve the ultimate defeat of ObamaCare, but let's also keep in mind that we are fighting for real conservative reform of American health care as well.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Portable Medical Insurance

Individuals should be allowed to keep their insurance plan without penalty if they leave a job or move across state lines.

We must open the insurance markets so that coverage may be purchased across state lines, providing consumers with more options and greater affordability.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Middle East
Israel

We must promote the defense and security of Israel.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Middle East Policy, a General Statement

We must continue to promote peace and democracy in Iraq. We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over. We must also promote the defense and security of Israel.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

Defense spending must always be our top priority. We have an obligation to provide our troops -- who risk their lives on our behalf -- with the best equipment, training, and leadership. We must invest in the resources -- people and technology -- necessary to ensure that our military has access to the best intelligence so that they are able to immediately respond to any emerging threats anywhere in the world.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Military Pay, Medical Care and Benefits

Our military men, women and their families endure untold burdens and sacrifices so that the rest of us can live secure in the liberty and opportunity of America. It is our duty to ensure that our military heroes have access to the same kind of security and opportunities when they return home that we enjoy thanks to their service.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Military, a General Statement

Defending and protecting our country against terrorism at home and abroad is of vital importance to our future safety and security. Defense spending must always be our top priority. We have an obligation to provide our troops -- who risk their lives on our behalf -- with the best equipment, training, and leadership. We must invest in the resources -- people and technology -- necessary to ensure that our military has access to the best intelligence so that they are able to immediately respond to any emerging threats anywhere in the world. We must continue to promote peace and democracy in Iraq. We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over. We must also promote the defense and security of Israel.

Our military men, women and their families endure untold burdens and sacrifices so that the rest of us can live secure in the liberty and opportunity of America. It is our duty to ensure that our military heroes have access to the same kind of security and opportunities when they return home that we enjoy thanks to their service.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Science, Technology & Space
Science and Technology Research and Development

We should promote innovation in health care with competitive markets, eased regulatory burdens, and greater patient access to new and promising treatments.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Social Security & Pensions
Privatizing Social Security

I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Social Security Trust Fund

According to a report by the Social Security trustees, the Trust Fund will begin paying out more in benefits than it receives in revenue beginning in 2016.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Raising the Retirement Age or Reducing Payment Levels

The road to reform does not include cutting benefits. If elected I will fight to preserve benefits for those currently in the system.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Long Term Viability of Social Security

If we are to continue to provide future generations with the promise of Social Security, we must engage in bipartisan debate about genuine reform. According to a report by the Social Security trustees, the Trust Fund will begin paying out more in benefits than it receives in revenue beginning in 2016. The current system is simply not sustainable by any measure.

Before ensuring solvency for younger Americans, our first priority must be to protect those current beneficiaries and those who have planned their retirements around Social Security benefits.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Social Security, a General Statement

If we are to continue to provide future generations with the promise of Social Security, we must engage in bipartisan debate about genuine reform. According to a report by the Social Security trustees, the Trust Fund will begin paying out more in benefits than it receives in revenue beginning in 2016. The current system is simply not sustainable by any measure.

Before ensuring solvency for younger Americans, our first priority must be to protect those current beneficiaries and those who have planned their retirements around Social Security benefits. The road to reform does not include cutting benefits. If elected I will fight to preserve benefits for those currently in the system.

I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Taxes
Tax Code

The tax code must be amended to allow those who purchase coverage in the individual insurance market to use pre-tax dollars in the same way that employer-provided coverage is purchased with pre-tax dollars.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Tax Proposals

The tax code must be amended to allow those who purchase coverage in the individual insurance market to use pre-tax dollars in the same way that employer-provided coverage is purchased with pre-tax dollars.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Taxes, a General Statement

High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)

I will fight to completely eliminate the death tax.

Source: votetipton.com (11/30/2010)

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