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Cole Position on Latest Efforts to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

July 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after several media outlets reported that he was a proponent of abandoning Republican efforts to repeal and replace the broken system of Obamacare.

"Several media outlets have reported that I have advocated abandoning Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare," said Cole. "That is not at all what I suggested. My observation was that many Democrats have conceded that there are problems with Obamacare and that we should fix them, not repeal the law. I challenged them to put those fixes on the table for Congress to consider. To date, they have failed to do so.

"Let me be clear. The Affordable Care Act has been a failure. It has increased premiums, reduced patient choice, and placed tremendous financial burdens on thousands of hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid. I have consistently voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. I believe it is ultimately unsustainable, and that Congress must address the issue honestly and candidly. If that means dealing seriously with Democrats who want to fix the problem, rather than exploit a political issue, I am more than willing to entertain those suggestions."