John Doak files for insurance commissioner, speaks out against ObamaCare

TULSA (June 7, 2010) – Tulsa-area businessman and insurance professional John Doak today filed for the Republican nomination for Insurance Commissioner of Oklahoma.

“The office of insurance commissioner should be used to protect Oklahoma citizens from paying higher health care costs and taxes while improving Oklahoma’s economy by drawing more companies to our state,” Doak said. “With my diverse, executive-level experience in the insurance industry and troubleshooting insurance problems for individuals, families and businesses, I am uniquely qualified for this position.”

Doak, who recently stepped down as a State Farm agent to campaign full time, previously held the positions of managing director of Aon Risk Services of Oklahoma and vice president of Marsh USA Inc. as well as serving as an agent with SVP of Ascension Insurance and as an agent with Farmers Insurance.

A Sooner Poll released March 11 showed a generic Republican candidate for insurance commissioner beating a generic Democrat candidate, 32.7 percent to 30.5 percent with 36.8 percent undecided.

Doak seeks to carry the Republican Party’s banner for Insurance Commissioner of Oklahoma against incumbent Democrat Kim Holland, who was an official delegate for President Barack Obama, in the general election in November. When elected in 2006, her opponent trailed her by less than 5 percent and carried the two metropolitan counties, including her home county.

“Oklahomans have proven they do not want federal mandates and increased regulation,” Doak said. “I look forward to serving Oklahomans as a conservative voice against ObamaCare. As insurance commissioner, I will vocally oppose socialized health care and government mandated insurance while advocating for association health plans, which would immediately provide cost savings and options for business owners to fight rising health care costs.”

A recent Sooner Poll showed widespread disapproval for the recently passed health care law. It found that 65.4 percent of likely voters disapprove of the new law and 80.4 percent do not believe Americans should be penalized for not purchasing insurance mandated by the legislation.

The headquarters of Doak for Insurance Commissioner is located at 5840 S. Memorial, Suite 333, in Tulsa. Call (918) 935-2010 or visit votefordoak.com for more information.

Doak lives in Tulsa with his wife, Debby, and their two children, Zack and Kasey. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and is a former board member the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House, the Tulsa Opera and the Dillon International Adoption Agency.

Media contact: Jami Fichte, (405) 808-7363, jami@votefordoak.com