News 9 Debate Takeaway: Two Debates, Still No Health Care Plan from Bice

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Wednesday, October 14, News 9 aired the second debate in the race for Oklahoma’s 5th District between Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) and her opponent, State Sen. Stephanie Bice. Congresswoman Horn focused her remarks on the issues of health care and relief for Oklahomans while Bice focused her remarks on political attacks.

“Oklahomans are tired of the mudslinging. They deserve to hear where the candidates stand on the issues,” said Campaign Manager Ward Curtin. “Congresswoman Horn spent her time making the case for strengthening the Affordable Care Act and listening to our health experts in the middle of a pandemic. Bice had an opportunity to explain her plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act and she passed. You can’t rip the rug out from under hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, especially without a plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions or to insure our families.”

Yesterday, in an interview with the Oklahoman, Bice doubled down on repealing the Affordable Care Act and offered her alternative: replacing health care insurance with health care savings accounts. Oklahoman reporter Chris Casteel replied that for low-income families, a savings account would not be enough to cover the cost of lifesaving care.

During her first term, Congresswoman Horn has hosted a record 53 town halls, and was recognized as one of the most accessible freshman members of Congress by the Town Hall Project.