To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, October 1, 2023


Blue Dog Barking Up Wrong Tree



“Like most Oklahomans, I support common-sense health care reforms such as preventing insurance companies from denying individuals with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until they are 26, and making it illegal to drop someone because they are sick. However, when taken as a whole, the health care legislation adds far too many taxes, mandates, and regulations that burden Oklahoma families and prevent our nation’s job creators from producing the kind of economic growth that is sorely needed. Furthermore, a clear majority of my constituents want this law repealed and replaced with a more workable solution. It is in that spirit that I supported a full repeal.” – U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Oklahoma

When you call Boren, ask him what assurances he has that the Republicans will include those things in their non-existent plan? He thinks sucking up to the GOP is going to get him leverage, but he is completely wrong.

The GOP has at both the state and national levels plenty of opportunity to do something about health care and they have chosen instead to wage wars.

I told his office that I hope every person without health care in his district comes to his Town Hall. I love the part where he blames his vote on what his constituents want and that would be the ones who actually call.

I hope the “majority” of the 2nd District in Oklahoma doesn’t decide bringing oozies to PTA meetings is the way to go or he would be writing a bill for that.

I called Boren and I called Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK. Cole’s reason for voting for repeal is that the health care bill is a job killer, which I guess means you should be happy for a job with no health care and that doesn’t pay well enough for you to afford health care.

Please, if you can come up with the text of one piece of legislation or even a speech on the floor of the Oklahoma Legislature or Congress where Tom Cole has submitted any kind of health care reform other than mediocre things for the military or denying you the right to sue for damages, I would like to see it.

We all know the only way the GOP will go along with any of this is if we do away with all kinds of safety or financial regulations of industry.

Boren thinks sucking up to the GOP will get him leverage and, as usual, he is barking up the wrong tree.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

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  1. Dino Dan has the same plan as the GOP….none. If he wants to change policy in the healthcare law that he feels are not good that is one thing but to vote to throw out the entire law is irresponsible at best. Its time to vote this guy out!

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
Mark Krawczyk
Mark Krawczyk
March 9, 2023
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Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
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