“Richard is being clever; most of the bills with a name attached are a post office renaming,” Tierney said, rattling off numerous bills that he has written that were eventually passed, but incorporated into larger bills. He said he has made major contributions to myriad other important bills, such as the sweeping Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Tierney takes credit for authoring the provision requiring insurance companies to use at least 80 percent of premiums on health care or to refund the difference. For the first time this year, insurance companies refunded more than $1 billion to the American people.
“I would compare my 16 years in Congress over his 26 years of obscurity any day of the week,” Tierney said, referring to Tisei’s time in the state Legislature.