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From the Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat
March 1, 2011
Bill Would Help Citizens Search for Health Coverage
Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant
There is one small fact that Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat neglects to mention;
From OK-SAFE’s Blog
Exchanges - Cornerstone of the PPACA
The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan. The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function. No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.
These insurance Exchanges are mentioned 278 times in the Act.
Oklahoma House of Representatives Tue Mar 01, 2011, 04:29 PM CST
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The Legislature continued taking steps forward to reduce the number of uninsured Oklahomans. House Speaker Kris Steele authored House Bill 2130, which defines the membership and appointments to the Health Care for the Uninsured Board (HUB). (Emphasis mine)
“Oklahoma has made tremendous strides in developing initiatives for those needing health coverage,” stated House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “Because of cutting-edge technology, we have the opportunity to take this initiative to the next level and develop a plan to reduce Oklahoma’s uninsured population.”
The seven-member HUB consists of representatives from the Insurance Commissioner’s Office, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, insurance companies, agents and also consumers. The purpose of the HUB is to implement a market-based insurance exchange.
The HUB (Health Care for the Uninsured Board) is being described as a Market-based insurance exchange but independent brokers beg to differ;
From OK-SAFE’s Blog
Health Insurance Exchange Impact on Independent Brokers
Several independent insurance brokers in Oklahoma are concerned about the impact the exchanges will have on their businesses. The exchanges operate contrary to the free enterprise system and most likely will put the independent insurance broker out of business.(Emphasis mine) Click here to hear the 2/27/11 interview with Mark Croucher of WHY-Insurance.
Back to the talking points memo…I mean news article:
“Healthcare coverage is not a one-size-fits-all issue,” said Steele. “We need to make all options available to the people. The goal is to equip Oklahomans with the information necessary to make wise decisions. The exchange will provide a user-friendly tool intended to help people find a health plan that best fits their individual needs.”
The HUB is comprised of appointees from the Governor, Speaker, and Senate Pro Tempore. The foundation and framework of the Oklahoma exchange were established in 2009. The actual concept of the exchange model was developed several years ago by the Heritage Foundation.
Hey! That is just what Obama says!
Such generosity. Since when are politicians in such a hurry to give credit away?
Strangely, the Heritage Foundation rejects the honor.
President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.
Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government.
Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal.
PolitiFact disagrees, says the statement by Obama is “mostly true”
These days, it all seems relative. . .
Rock solid conservative values….
Steele concluded, “I applaud Representative Mark McCullough and Representative Glen Mulready’s leadership on this issue. Because of their hard work, we have an opportunity to build a premiere healthcare exchange constructed on rock solid conservative values.”
Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant with Oklahoma receiving the largest amount of $54 million.
OK-SAFE points out one small omission.
On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing ”Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”
Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” (Emphasis mine) From the OK-SAFE Blog
House Bill 2128 passed the House Public Health Committee this afternoon and will proceed to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representative.
Read more talking points
Still find it hard to believe that our valiant Republicans are pulling a fast one? Read on.
“Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act.”
Page 5 of the grant application cites Section 1311 of the PPACA.
The Affordable Care Act includes a wide variety of provisions designed to expand coverage, provide more health care choices, enhance the quality of health care for all Americans, hold insurance companies more accountable, and lower health care costs. Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act. From the OK-SAFE Blog
People who aren’t afraid to face the truth
OK-SAFE should be commended for their excellent research and willingness to simply tell the painful truth.
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