Cole Statement on Obamacare Developments
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.
“Even though businesses have been excused yet again from providing health coverage, individuals are still required to purchase unaffordable insurance under the president’s so-called Affordable Care Act,” said Cole. “The SIMPLE Fairness Act provides an opportunity for the president to right this unfair expectation of families and individuals and relieve the expensive burden of purchasing insurance. Not only is the president’s healthcare law unfair to our nation’s families, but it continues to show the president’s inability to lead and make good on his promises.”
The Congressman also responded after the White House announced a policy extension allowing individuals to keep insurance plans that would otherwise be canceled under the law. Under this latest announcement, individuals can continue renewing their plans through 2016 and likely maintain coverage into 2017.
“The latest announcement is confirmation that Obamacare isn’t working. With each announcement, we have seen an administration scrambling to salvage a broken law and shield the country from realizing its failure.”