All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

Bridenstine discusses his ‘yes’ vote for AHCA

Honey Caranzo / Red Dirt Report
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine shared his views on Planned Parenthood Thursday at the Tulsa 9.12 Project meeting at Spirit Life Church in Tulsa, Okla.
Fertile Ground Compost Service
Help support Red Dirt Report

TULSA, Okla. — First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine spoke Thursday at the Tulsa 9.12 Project meeting at Spirit Life Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa 9.12 Project is a group designed to bring people to remember Sept. 12, the day after America was attacked.  

The group’s objective is to unite Americans through educational activism.

Bridenstine has had two interviews for a position in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“We are still waiting to hear what their recommendation is,” Congressman Jim Bridenstine’s Field Representative Philip Jackson said.

During the event, Bridenstine addressed the American Health Care Act and why he voted May 4 in favor for the bill.

Bridenstine explained why he is supporting the Republican repeal and replacement.

“Number one, it cuts a trillion dollars in taxes. Number two, it still reduces the deficit by 150 billion dollars. Number three, it gives more state control over Medicaid dollars which could save trillions over the years,” he said.

Bridenstine said another reason he voted for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare was because Planned Parenthood would be defunded.

“This is the most important reason . . . in fact, I don’t compromise on much, but on this particular thing I can compromise a lot to accomplish this objective,” he said.

Bridenstine claimed there is a lie going around regarding AHCA.

He stated the lie is that pre-existing conditions will not be covered in the new health care bill.

“If you have a pre-existing condition you’re going to get health care. That’s going to happen in this bill,” Bridenstine said.

The AHCA does not do everything Bridenstine would like, but claimed it is necessary.

Bridenstine said people are suffering badly because of Obamacare.

“Republicans have the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Presidency. It doesn’t matter if we don’t repeal it, its our fault. If we do repeal it, its our fault,” he said.

Bridenstine stressed that the goal is to bring back all of the providers that have left the market.

He said in order for insurance markets to work again, individuals with pre-existing conditions need to be placed in high risk pools which would allow them to be covered in a different way, so insurance markets can work again.

“In the bill there is a waiver clause that if the state of Oklahoma sets up a high risk pool to make sure people with conditions are covered, which is where they were before . . . then they can get a waiver from all of these owner’s regulations from the individual market,” he said.

Bridenstine claimed that once Oklahoma obtains that waiver, different factors that drive up the price of healthcare will disappear.

He heard from the Senate that they are going to start from scratch on their own bill.

“They’re going to pass their bill and I’m a little concerned that it might be Obamacare plus,” he said.

The bill the Senate passes will have to go through the House, then back to both chambers for passage and then to the President’s desk for a signature.

Bridenstine did not vote in favor of the Omnibus spending bill.

The Omnibus funds Planned Parenthood, an organization that Bridenstine does not support.

“If we could get Obamacare repeal and replacement across the finish line, Planned Parenthood would be defunded for a year at least,” he said. “I’m not saying that Planned Parenthood would go away if we defunded it for a year, but at least they’d have to get their money from the Hollywood liberals and not from my constituents.”

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Honey Caranzo

Honey Caranzo graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd

Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK