Republican Stephanie Bice — who is running against Rep. Kendra Horn in Oklahoma — claimed during an interview that poor people don’t need health insurance or even Medicaid, but rather health savings accounts:
The difference between my opponent and I 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 by tweeting that just one visit to the hospital with COVID-19 is $73,000, which is far beyond the reach of a health savings account.
Health insurance access is worth fighting for. Protections for people with pre-existing conditions are worth fighting for. The hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans who rely on the Affordable Care Act are worth fighting for. Let’s improve our health care system, not throw it away.— Kendra Horn (@HornForCongress) October 13, 2020