Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: July 16, 2009
Newberry: Obamacare is Bad for Oklahoma
After President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his support
for a $1.5 trillion Congressional proposal that would make health
care a right for all Americans, Sen. Dan
Newberry said the plan would compromise the quality of health
care, limit consumer choices and lead the country further down a
dangerous path toward socialized medicine.
Newberry said it was not the government’s job to compete
with small businesses and that health care choices must be left
up to the consumer.
“This is a plan that will damage doctor-patient relationships,
lead to the rationing of medical care and take us further down the
path toward socialized medicine,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa.
“Further, nobody seems to have a firm answer as to how this
proposal is to be paid for. We all understand the importance of
promoting access to quality health care, but this is a proposal
that sacrifices both quality and consumer choice for the sake of
Newberry noted that numerous real world examples support the argument
that a reliance on centrally planned healthcare results in limited
access and stagnant technological advancement.
“Allowing the government to mandate when and where citizens
can receive medical treatment runs contrary to American ideals,”
Newberry said. “If we really want a healthcare system that
is affordably priced, superior in quality and technologically advanced,
we must allow the free market to work. We must look at health care
not as a birthright, but as an enterprise that operates most efficiently
for everyone when competition and consumer freedom remain strong.”
Newberry said he supports Senator Tom Coburn’s health care
reform proposal. Without adding billions of dollars in new debt
or taxes, the proposal promotes universal access to affordable,
quality health care.
For more information contact:
Sen. Newberry: 405-521-5600