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Health Care Reform Law/Exchanges Meetings – OKC and Tulsa

Oct 25, 2011

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The third meeting of the joint legislative committee to examine the effects of the federal health care reform law (Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare”, etc.) on Oklahoma will be held in the Senate Chambers at the Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

The meeting will run from 9 am to approx. 4 pm and should be available for viewing online.

The third meeting features speakers addressing the impact on Indian Health; status of lawsuits, and the ballot question opposing the mandate; federal vs. state exchanges; constitutional issues; what other states are doing.

Every Oklahoman with concerns about the implementation of health insurance exchanges (now “marketplaces”), electronic health records (EHRs) being shared everywhere, or infringements on your medical privacy needs to attend these meetings.

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Health Exchange/Network Language Found- SB971 Needs to be Stopped

Kaye Beach

April 2, 2011

The following is a slightly abbreviated version of the Action alert issued by OK-SAFE this evening.  To read the entire alert click here

OK-SAFE, 5/2/11 –

The substitute language for the failed HB 2130 (HUB board bill, establishing governance of the health insurance exchange) has appeared in a newly-created appropriations bill, SB 971. 

SB 971 was introduced on 4/27/11 and has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget. 

Details on who to call are below. The bill’s language is posted on the OK-SAFE blog.


[. . .]Grassroots groups’ research and lobbying helped force the rejection of the $54 Early Innovator Grant, awarded to Oklahoma in February 2011 to implement the technology systems necessary to create such an exchange. (See diagram below.)

HB 2130, as you may remember, established the Health Care for the Uninsured board (HUB) governance over the implementation of a health insurance exchange in Oklahoma.

HB 2130, narrowly passed in the House on 3/17/11, was refused a hearing in the Senate due to the outrage caused by its’ passage.

Oklahomans don’t want an exchange, with or without federal grant money.

However, a few Senators are again attempting to pass the same language that was used in the HUB bill (HB 2130), switching the HUB board to a new board, and replacing an exchange with a “Network.”  

Specifically, SB 971 would create a 7-member Health Insurance Private Enterprise Network board, to be chaired by the Insurance Commissioner: 3 members appointed by the governor, one member by the Speaker, one member by the Senate Pro-Tem, and includes the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Terry Cline.  This board would pick an Executive Director for the Network.

This 7-member board can end up being the same people who would have been on the 9-member HUB board as defined in HB 2130, minus two.

[. . .]SB 971 further states: Funding for the Network shall come from state and private sources.

We’ve been told the state is facing a budget shortfall – where will the funding come from? What/who are the private sources?

There is no reference in the bill for how the Network website is to be set up, which opens the door for passing this right back to the system shown in the diagram above.

“Oh”, one Senator has said, “but this bill is completely different. You’ll like it.”  Huh?

Please Call [and or email] the following legislators and ask for NO vote on SB 971:

Senate Member Directory

1) Senate Appropriations Committee group email list: (Note- Sen. Myers and Sen. Sykes’ emails go to their executive assistants, Ingraham and Lewis, respectively)

ingraham@oksenate.gov, jolly@oksenate.gov, ballenger@oksenate.gov, branan@oksenate.gov, brinkley@oksenate.gov, burrage@oksenate.gov, crain@oksenate.gov, fordj@oksenate.gov, halligan@oksenate.gov, ivester@oksenate.gov, justice@oksenate.gov, marlatt@oksenate.gov, newberry@oksenate.gov, nichols@oksenate.gov, paddock@oksenate.gov, rice@oksenate.gov, stanislawski@oksenate.gov, lewis@oksenate.gov, wilson@oksenate.gov, wyrick@oksenate.gov

2) House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget: group email:

earl.sears@okhouse.gov, scott.martin@okhouse.gov, donarmes@okhouse.gov, lisajbilly@okhouse.gov, gusblackwell@okhouse.gov, mikebrown@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, david.dank@okhouse.gov, leedenney@okhouse.gov, daledewitt@okhouse.gov, joedorman@okhouse.gov, chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov, guyliebmann@okhouse.gov, jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov, ronpeters@okhouse.gov, danielsullivan@okhouse.gov, purcywalker@okhouse.gov

Warning. The following Post is Rated R

Kaye Beach

March 8,2011

This post was given an R rating due to its sensitive subject matter.

This post may not be suitable for all readers.


It contains material that some might consider objectionable.

Post has been Rated R for Radical, Relevant and Revealing Republican content.


Proper discretion is advised.

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.

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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.

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PolitiFact disagrees, says the statement by Obama is “mostly true”

The truth?

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.

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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.

“C. Background
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.

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

More Rated R content for the truly fearless

OK GOP Strip Enforcement to Nullify Obamacare


Another Word on Mandates

Analysis by Ed Morrissey at  True North

When asked where Congress derives its power to issue a mandate to citizens to buy health insurance or face large fines or jail time, Democratic politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Leahy, and Steny Hoyer scoff at the very question as “ridiculous.”  However, the last time such a mandate was proposed, at least one entity on Capitol Hill did not find it ridiculous at all.  In 1993, the Congressional Budget Office analyzed HillaryCare and reported to Congress that it would take an “unprecedented” step in issuing such mandates (via Verum Serum):AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WOULD BE UNPRECEDENTED

A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.

Federal mandates typically apply to people as parties to economic transactions, rather than as members of society. For example, the section of the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires restaurants to make their facilities accessible to persons with disabilities applies to people who own restaurants.  The Federal Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from paying less than the federal minimum wage. This prohibition pertains to individuals who employ others. Federal environmental statutes and regulations that require firms to meet pollution control standards and use specific technologies apply to companies that engage in specific lines of business or use particular production processes.  Federal mandates that apply to individuals as members of society are extremely rare. One example is the requirement that draft-age men register with the Selective Service System. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is not aware of any others imposed by current federal law.

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