Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma
Published March 26, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and one of two American Indians serving in the 115th Congress, released the following statement on Friday after the House decided to delay the vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
“I am extremely disappointed that we missed this opportunity to dramatically improve healthcare for millions of Americans,” said Cole. “I was very much prepared to vote in favor of this measure, because I know Americans, especially Oklahomans, deserve better healthcare. Under this system, they had that opportunity.”
“The battle to improve access to quality, affordable healthcare is far from over. I want to commend Speaker Ryan, House Leadership and President Trump for doing everything they possibly could to bring us one step closer to winning that battle. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that Oklahomans will have a health care system that provides affordable, accessible, quality care in a market-based system with choices and flexibility.” concluded Cole.