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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's comments on socialized medicine stir reaction

Inhofe, who recently had emergency heart surgery, says in an interview that he might have died in a country with single-payer system, though Affordable Care Act relies on private insurance.
by Chris Casteel Published: October 23, 2013

Reid, D-Nev., said in a television interview in August that the country needed to get past employer-based health insurance and move to a single-payer system.

“What we've done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we're far from having something that's going to work forever,” Reid said on “Nevada Week in Review.”

According to Harder, Inhofe's current insurance plan is with the Mail Handlers Benefits Program, one of the options available to federal employees, whose premiums are subsidized by taxpayers.

Inhofe will have to give up that policy because it is not offered in the exchange from which members of Congress have to buy their plans.

However, he will still have private insurance. At 78, he is old enough for Medicare, which is a single-payer system, but he has chosen to have an employer-based policy as his primary insurance.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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