Fallin’s Medicaid decision based on politics, says Inman

BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Saturday, March 09, 2013

Oklahoma’s political calculus does not work out to an expansion of Medicaid, regardless of the financial or health implications, state House of Representatives Minority Leader Scott Inman told the Tulsa County Democratic Party luncheon Friday.

“(Gov.) Mary Fallin is more afraid of a Tom Coburn or a Randy Brogdon-type candidate running in the next election against her than she is (any Democrat),” Inman said. “I think if we were in her second term, she would have done what the eight Republican governors did who at one point said they were opposed to Medicaid expansion and then flip-flopped.

“Nobody was more opposed to Obamacare than (Arizona’s) Jan Brewer. I said at the State Chamber luncheon that if it’s good enough for Jan Brewer, it’s good enough for Oklahoma.

“I have no doubt in my mind (Fallin’s) decision was about politics, not policy.”

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