WASHINGTON — 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.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, said, “This administration failed to keep its promise that if Americans liked their plans they could keep them. Obamacare has been a failure since the beginning and today in the House we worked toward cleaning up the damage of this health care mandate.”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said, “Today's House vote is encouraging because it helps some Americans who recently felt the negative impact of the health care law.
“However, even this legislation will not prevent many Americans from losing the health care coverage they have relied on. This bill should be seen as an emergency triage, rather than a full solution to all the problems created by Obamacare.”
Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau