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I’ve long believed that health care decisions should be between a patient and their doctor—not government bureaucrats. For too long, the Obama administration tried to insert themselves into families’ medical and health care decisions. We saw the results: skyrocketing costs and fewer options for care, especially in rural communities.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Rural Healthcare Caucus, I am committed to finding solutions to improving accessibility to quality care for those in rural parts of Oklahoma and our country. While health reform is needed to provide quality medical care and stem the ever growing cost of health care, government takeovers are never the answer.

I’m proud that we repealed the individual mandate of Obamacare, and supported the patient-centered Republican efforts to replace Obamacare—voting for efforts that would have provided relief to Oklahomans struggling with increasing premiums. While disappointed that the effort of a broad repeal came up short, I am committed to repealing and replacing it in its entirety.