Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Protect Employee Health Care
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted in support of H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act. This bill will help American workers keep their health care plans and will give Americans in the group health insurance market the opportunity to keep their policies through 2019.
Last fall, millions of Americans across the country had their health care plans cancelled because of Obamacare. While these cancelled health care plans were primarily in the individual insurance market, millions of Americans with employer-sponsored coverage will also face plan cancellations as soon as October 2014. H.R. 3522 ensures that Americans enrolled in the employer-sponsored health care plans will not face a penalty under Obamacare’ individual mandate, giving them access to more affordable options to meet their needs.
Cook said, “If nothing is done, what happened to millions of Americans with individual plans last fall will happen to employees of small businesses next month. President Obama and Congressional Democrats lied to the American people when they claimed you could keep your health care plan if they are happy with it. Millions of Americans have already lost their insurance and without this important bill, millions more will lose their insurance next month. This bill will help ensure that small businesses and their workers can keep their affordable plans.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.