Oct. 5, 2013
There is an awful lot of work going on both before and behind the scenes to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.
I think the recent uptick of Oklahoma pro-Obamacare propaganda, social media feather fluffing and “like” padding lends the effort a distinctive SPAM-like flavor but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take this campaign seriously. In fact, conservative policy-watchers caution against letting our guard down now.
Medicaid expansion, of course, is an integral part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) And the states have a choice in whether or not to expand the deeply flawed and expensive system. 25 states, including the state of Oklahoma, have chosen to reject Medicaid expansion.
Oklahoma’s stance against Medicaid expansion is well-established, however some think that this could change. As reported by the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs, ‘Will Oklahoma expand Medicaid?’, Oct. 2, 2013;
“. . a consultant for Gov. Fallin’s re-election campaign — who is also a consultant for entities promoting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion — is on the record saying Gov. Fallin “hasn’t slammed the door either. If it were dead on arrival we wouldn’t be taking our time and energy to do this.” Read more from OCPA
The strategy of framing the issue as the rejection or acceptance of federal money — rather than pitching it as Medicaid expansion — appears to be supported by a recent survey done for the Oklahoma Hospital
Association. Read more from NewsOK
The fact remains that majority of Oklahoman’s oppose the implementation of Obamacare and 46.2 percent of Oklahomans across the board specifically oppose Medicaid expansion but the Oklahoma Hospital Association doesn’t seem to mind going the extra mile to manipulate the public on important policy issues nor the investment of time and resources it takes to carry out the time tested strategy of grinding them down.
“. . . Fallin is, above all, a creature of Oklahoma’s corporate elite. And many of them — Chambers of Commerce and the big hospital interests, to name two — think the Medicaid expansion is a splendid idea” Link
- Medicaid is already fiscally unsustainable and a failed program.
- Medicaid Expansion does NOT guarantee greater access to health care
- Medicaid expansion will crowd out private insurance and raise premiums for Oklahomans with private insurance .
- Medicaid needs to be reformed NOT expanded.
The Office of Governor Mary Fallin
Oklahoma State Capitol
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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
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