PPACA or "Obamacare"
Comprehensive Tort Reform: Because no cap exists on damages, doctors run unnecessary and costly tests out of fear that they will be sued for malpractice. These extra tests, along with the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance serve to increase to cost to provide healthcare across the entire spectrum. I support legislation that would limit non-economic and punitive damages, except in the case where it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury.
Increased Competition: I believe that allowing insurance providers to compete for business across state lines leads to lower healthcare costs and increased quality. Unfortunately, by segmenting the population into 50 different pools, premiums will be higher.
Prevent Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Waste, fraud and abuse cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year. By providing the resources necessary to combat waste, fraud and abuse, we can lower the cost of healthcare for everyone.
Association Health Plans: One of the largest obstacles for many small businesses is the cost of health insurance. By allowing states, small businesses, associations and other organizations to band together, health insurance can be offered at a lower cost.
More on Healthcare
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the White House announced that it would extend the enrollment deadline for healthcare signups. According to the announcement on Tuesday evening, applicants who have had problems enrolling on the website will be given a grace period of two to three more weeks to complete their enrollment.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Supreme Court’s oral argument, Sebelius, Sec. of HHS v. Hobby Stores, Inc.
When you have car trouble, you first look at the nature and complexity of the problem. If you’re lucky, your car might only need some minor tweaks like replacing the battery or putting more air in the tires. But on some unfortunate occasions, your mechanic might recommend an expensive overhaul or buying a completely new car. Based on the situation, you must weigh your options and decide if it’s cost-effective, beneficial and even possible to repair the vehicle. Otherwise, sometimes the best solution and only lasting solution is a replacement.
Times Record - Steve Tetreault
Republicans in the U.S. House took new aim last week at President Barack Obama, passing bills that challenge actions they say snub the will of Congress.
Republicans charge Obama has willfully circumvented Congress with a series of decisions to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act. They also say he disregarded the law when he moved in 2011 to suspend deportations of young people brought into the United States illegally as children.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after supporting the SIMPLE Fairness Act (H.R. 4118). This legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 250-160, would lift the mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance through the end of the year.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced a bipartisan omnibus that funds the government for fiscal year 2014. Cole praised inclusion of the provision that ensures federal workers earning an hourly wage will receive the same cost of living adjustment as all other federal workers for 2014.
The Affordable Care Act remains vastly unpopular across the country, and problems with the program continue to be revealed. These realities could actually prevent the president’s healthcare law from going into effect at the start of this year. On January 1, those enrolled for coverage under Obamacare became eligible to receive it. But the days ahead are likely to uncover more insurmountable problems for patients, doctors, employers and insurers.