This week, we interviewed all seven Colorado representatives in Congress about their views on the upcoming health care repeal vote scheduled for Wednesday, January 19. Their answers are available in both audio and video.
Rep. Mike Coffman, Republican
A retired Marine officer, Coffman is a congressman from the Denver south suburbs, in a safely Republican seat. He favors repeal of the healthcare law, but believes healthcare does need serious reform.
“I don’t think there’s a single member who doesn’t believe we need fairly dramatic reform of our healthcare system, that it is not working, that we need to expand access, that we need to lower costs. the system is too expensive and it excludes too many.”
Rep. Diana DeGette, Democrat
DeGette has been the congresswoman from Denver since 1997. Her seat is safely Democratic and she is a strong supporter of the healthcare law.
"People can’t be excluded from coverage because of pre-existing conditions ... And seniors are actually beginning to see some relief from their prescription drug prices in the donut hole. These things are going into effect right now."
Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican
Gardner is a newly elected Republican from northeastern Colorado, having defeated a Democrat in 2010. He is a lawyer from the town of Yuma and a former representative at the state level. He favors repeal of healthcare reform.
"This bill does little to lower the cost of care ... I think we can find some common ground on things like pre-existing conditions. But we've got to get away from this notion that government knows best."
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Republican
Lamborn has been the congressman in the safely Republican seat in Colorado Springs for four years. He is a lawyer and previously served in the Colorado statehouse. He favors repeal of healthcare reform.
"I’ll do everything I can in the future to repeal it ... It's not based on honest accounting. So that's one of the biggest flaws, the numbers don't add up."
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Democrat
Perlmutter is a Democratic congressman from the northern suburbs of Denver who has served since 2007. He is in one of the state's most evenly divided districts and fought a hard battle for re-election in 2010. He favors the healthcare law and opposes reform.
"...I think the repeal is really pretty extreme and radical, when there are so many important provisions in the legislation we passed last year."
Rep. Jared Polis, Democrat
Polis has been a Democratic congressman from the Democratic stronghold of Boulder since 2009. He is a wealthy entrepreneur, having founded 2 successful online businesses. He supports the healthcare law.
"I don't think we can afford to force more people to go on government health care by repealing this bill. I think we need to move forward and make sure it works for all Americans."
Rep. Scot Tipton, Republican
Tipton is the newly elected Republican congressman representing Western Colorado and Pueblo, having defeated a Democrat in 2010. He is co-founder of a small business, Mesa Verde Indian Pottery in Cortez. He wants the healthcare law repealed.
"Every one of us has a heart for people that are un-insurable ... These are provisions that we can certainly look at and will be looked at after the vote to repeal this, and bring in common-sense solutions."