Rep. Lankford: Let States Opt Out of Obamacare

Image: Rep. Lankford: Let States Opt Out of Obamacare

Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 09:54 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Rep. James Lankford said on Saturday that his bill to allow states to opt-out of Obamacare would let them "make decisions how best to take care of their people."

"The states would say, 'We want the ability to make all the healthcare decisions in our state,'" the Oklahoma Republican told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox News program. "Those federal dollars would come to the states.

"The great thing about it is that the states that want to do it, can do it. For other states, if they like their Obamacare, they can keep their Obamacare."

Lankford, 45, a first-term congressman who faces a special election in November to succeed the retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, introduced the Healthcare Compact Act on Wednesday, The Washington Times reports.

The legislation would allow states to design their own healthcare systems using the federal dollars that are allocated for such programs as the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

Eight states support the compact, Lankford told Huckabee. Besides Oklahoma, they are Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, and Utah. Twelve others are considering the legislation, he said.

"It comes back to this simple thing: Who is better to make decisions about the most important things in your life?" Lankford said. "You, your family, local individuals in your hospital — or someone in Washington, D.C.?

"Those states that want to be in the compact and myself, we believe the local leadership and families makes those best decisions," he added. "That's for doctors and patients, not some bureaucrat in Washington, D.C."

He acknowledged that the bill would most likely pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives but would face much difficulty in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority.

"We want to give that authority back to the states," Lankford said. "The key is to communicate that to the American people — for those individuals to see it — and for the Senate to be able to say, 'This decision needs to be made.'"

Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Mayor de Blasio: New Wood-Burning Fireplaces Should Be Banned in NYC

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 17:31 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to regulate the wood-burning fireplaces that are a beloved feature of te . . .

Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Rights Bill Into Law

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun carry rights into law on Wednesday, allowing legal gun owne . . .

FedEx Sued Over Deadly California Bus Crash

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:27 PM

The mother of a teenager who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash is suing the bus compan . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved