Bridenstine only Okla. rep. to vote no on measure

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's House delegation to vote against a bill that would allow insurance companies to sell individual coverage even if it falls short of standards required under the federal health care law.

The measure passed the Republican-controlled House Friday by a vote of 261-157.

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin all voted in favor of the legislation.

Bridenstine says that although the legislation is "well-intentioned," he couldn't vote for it because he considers the entire health care law to be unconstitutional.

The White House has threatened a veto if the measure reaches President Barack Obama's desk.

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