One of the most dramatic Supreme Court terms in recent years is over, but voters can expect candidates to relive it on the campaign trail this summer.
Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, decried the high courts ruling that allowed Congress to require people to buy health insurance, and he said it would be an issue during the campaign.
This is something that is hurting jobs, not addressing real health-care issues for Americans. The Supreme Court has just now put that back into the limelight, Tipton said.
Tipton wants Congress to repeal President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act, but he says he agrees with parts of it.
Tipton said Congress should help people who cant get insurance because of pre-existing illnesses, and parents should be able to keep their kids on their policies up to age 26.
However, insurance companies say they cant cover pre-existing conditions unless they can spread the costs by making sure everyone has health insurance.
Democrat Sal Pace said he would not have voted for the mandate for all people to buy health insurance, and he called the Affordable Care Act far from perfect.
While I am glad we arent going back to a system where people are denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and college graduates are ineligible for their parents insurance, the ruling does not signify finality as we still have a long way to go to fix our health-care system, Pace said in an email.
Pace said he didnt like the near party-line vote on he Affordable Care Act, and he said Colorados Legislature did a much better job with its own health-care reforms, which it passed on bipartisan votes.
Tipton defeated Democrat John Salazar in 2010, after Salazar voted for the Affordable Care Act.
Tipton was less outspoken about the weeks other big ruling, which overturned most parts of Arizonas stringent illegal immigration law.
The court threw out parts of Arizonas law that make it a state crime for legal immigrants to not carry their immigration papers, and for illegal immigrants to apply for a job. Congress has made it a crime to hire illegal immigrants, but not for them to apply for work.
The court upheld the part of Arizonas law that requires police to check the status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants.
Tipton said he thinks its OK for police to check someones immigration records if they stop a person for another reason, but he doesnt want to see any police dragnets specifically meant to find illegal immigrants.
I will not support something thats going to be looking like were pulling people over with racial profiling, if they look Hispanic or they look Irish or something, Tipton said.
Pace also was not enthusiastic about the Arizona ruling.
I believe the Supreme Courts ruling (is) a mixed bag at best. If Congress would address our countrys failed immigration policies, we wouldnt be in this position to begin with, he said in an email.
I do not support the show me your papers provisions as it casts a shadow of doubt on too many people who are here legally, like my wife, who is a sixth-generation Coloradan, Pace said.
Pace would focus penalties on employers by making it illegal to knowingly hire an illegal worker.