Tulsa Rep. Jim Bridenstine breaks with most Republicans on Obamacare bill

Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only one of Oklahoma's five U.S. House members to oppose legislation approved Friday that would allow insurance companies to sell policies that don't meet Obamacare standards.
by Chris Casteel Published: November 15, 2013

Four of Oklahoma's five members of the U.S. House voted Friday for legislation aimed at allowing insurance companies to continue selling policies that were being canceled because of Obamacare.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, of Tulsa, was one of only four Republicans to oppose the legislation, which passed 261-157.

Bridenstine said, “Congress must repeal Obamacare. Trying to ‘fix' it only compounds the mess, multiplies the uncertainties and leaves more Americans at jeopardy regarding their health care insurance.”

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said, “Americans should have more options for health care, not less. In contrast to the president's impromptu insurance proposal, this bill codifies the change into law without additional regulations that hamper free-market competition among insurance providers and further complicate the choices for American families looking for quality insurance.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, said, “While the president offered a proposal attempting to fix the problems his health care law created, actual legislation is needed before real solutions can be implemented ... This legislation would give Americans relief from the president's flawed health care law by allowing health insurers to continue offering their old plans.”

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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