The ongoing battle over President Obama's health care reform law continues to be a hot topic issue for millions of Americans including those living in Texoma.
New numbers are in on how many Americans have been able to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and it's lower than some had hoped.
Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, just over 106,000 thousand people enrolled through the healthcare.gov website, or a state-based marketplace.
Under 27,000 thousand enrolled through the federal marketplace at healthcare.gov.
2008 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee was the featured guest speaker at the Freedom Banquet on Wednesday evening for a group of soliders and military leaders at Fort Sill.
Huckabee says after the Obama administration revealed just over 106,000 thousand people across the U.S. signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in its first month, he says this country needs health care reform but it is not Obamacare.
During his visit, the former Arkansas governor says the current number of people who've signed up for health insurance since it was rolled out shows the Affordable Care act is not working.
"What Obamacare had done in default of it, in the guides of saying we're going to try and provide some kind of health insurance for 15% of the population who didn't have it; we're going to disrupt it for the 85% who did and make their prices higher, their deductibles higher. Make it unaffordable for them all in the name of affordability," Huckabee exclaims.
The current radio and TV host offered his strong political opinion on the tarnished roll out of the health care.gov website.
"It's worse than embarrassing and the worst part about it is that we're going to commit $634 million of tax money to a website that's a total failure," Huckabee says. "We've shoved this at the American people and people that were completely satisfied with their health insurance now are going to be paying sometimes two, four times what they were paying and have less coverage."
Huckabee believes the Republican party can capitalize from the failed launch of the health care law and says Americans, especially veterans, should be taken care of.
"It is absolutely a moral necessity that America keeps its promises to those in uniform." Huckabee says. "They should never have to wait for their health care. They should never have to wait for the resources they need from when they return from combat."
Huckabee's main focus during his address at the banquet was on the quality of leadership military members bring to our communities.
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