U.S. Senate candidate Ken Cope pledged that within six months of being elected, he would present a comprehensive alternate health insurance plan to Americans to replace the Obamacare debacle.
“I just hope the implosion of the Affordable Care Act hasn’t destroyed the entire health insurance and healthcare industries by then,” Cope said. “As we have seen over the past two months, the president’s signature legislation is wreaking havoc with the lives of millions of people. And it’s not going to get any better as we move into 2014, when higher taxes, higher premiums and economic displacement kick in to make it all even worse.”
Cope, seeking to unseat current Sen. John Cornyn in the March 4 Republican primary, is a new breed of Republican who believes in self-imposed term limits, limited campaign fundraising and a more inclusive party that needs to take a positive message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility to minorities and the economically disadvantaged.
Noting that his fellow Republicans have proposed a number of better alternatives to Obamacare, Cope promised, “I will exercise leadership in convening a Republican panel to settle on one comprehensive plan to present to Americans by July 2015.”
That plan, Cope said, will include market-based reforms meant to foster real competition among health insurance providers. Unlike the top-down mandate-heavy approach of Obamacare, it will give consumers more choice and not force them to pay for coverage they don’t need or want.
“Supporters of Obamacare love to compare their health insurance mandate to the requirement that you have vehicle insurance if you drive,” Cope said. “It’s a false argument, but if you look at the car insurance market, you can get almost any policy you want, with the coverage you want. That’s because it’s a free market for car insurance and that’s the kind of environment I want to create in health insurance.”
A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who worked in the aerospace industry for nearly three decades, Cope is seeking public office for the first time. He says the leadership experience that served him so well in business will be a refreshing contrast from the incumbent senator.
If elected, Cope has pledged to serve no more than two terms in Congress. He also vows not to accept any re-election campaign donations until 18 months before the next election and encourages other candidates to make that pledge in order to minimize the influence of money in national politics.