Both of Oklahoma’s senators voted against a bill last night to expand the state children’s health insurance program. The bill passed by a vote of 66-32 and should go to the president’s desk soon.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, a physician, tried to change the bill so Congress would help people buy private insurance policies rather than expanding the Medicaid-based program. Coburn said Medicaid recipients often receive second-class medical care.
“When senators visit with their constituents, they should ask them whether they would want their children in SCHIP or a top tier plan senators provide to their own kids,” Coburn said today.
“Senators should also ask whether parents should have the right to make choices about health care for their kids or whether those choices should be made for them by career politicians and government bureaucrats.
“Sadly, this debate showed once again that Congress, unlike President Barack Obama, is not interested in change but in recycling the same failed Soviet-style health care policies of the past.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said, “I could not lend my support to this legislation because it did not focus its efforts on the low-income children who have no other resource for health insurance and pushes middle income families with access to private insurance into government sponsored health care.”