There are a number of important issues for voters during the 2020 election season, but few are more important than insurance. Republicans are still trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They do not, however, have any idea on how to replace the law.
Questions about health care have been common during interviews. Stephanie Bice is running against Democrat Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional district. Bice recently told an interviewer that people don’t need insurance plans because they can just use health savings accounts.
Bice began, “Everyone wants to make sure we’re taking care of low-income families that need healthcare.” The reporter countered, “Well, you don’t support Medicaid expansion, so that can’t be true.”
The GOP Candidate answered:
“No, that’s actually very true, and I’ll explain that in a second. The difference between my opponent and I (sic) is how do you get there. That’s the difference. I think that there are a lot of ways that you can utilize things like a health savings account. Instead of providing insurance, let’s give an individual a health savings account with a certain amount of dollars in it and let them spend those dollars on health-related.”
Horn responded to Bice’s comments via Twitter. She wrote, “Today my opponent said we should abolish the ACA and replace health insurance with health savings accounts. That’s not a plan- that’s a disaster. The average cost of a COVID hospital stay with no insurance is $73k. A health savings account won’t even come close to covering that.”
Today my opponent said we should abolish the ACA and replace health insurance with health savings accounts. That’s not a plan- that’s a disaster.
The average cost of a COVID hospital stay with no insurance is $73k. A health savings account won’t even come close to covering that pic.twitter.com/abiOhr3wno
— Kendra Horn (@HornForCongress) October 13, 2020
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