FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 6, 2013


OCPA Applauds Fallin, One Year Extension Of Insure Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 6, 2013) – Jonathan Small, fiscal policy director of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), released the following statement this morning after Governor Mary Fallin announced that the Obama administration has agreed to a one year extension of Insure Oklahoma:

“While the most important issues in health care are the lack of medical price transparency and inappropriate government intrusion, Governor Fallin and her administration should be commended for their persistence to ensure the Insure Oklahoma program continues for at least a year, without giving up ground on the Governor’s pledge to refuse ObamaCare Medicaid expansion dollars.”

“Insure Oklahoma is popular because it includes work requirements, enrollment caps, cost sharing and other responsible limitations. The fact that such a successful program was held hostage by the Obama Administration shows us why the State of Oklahoma must continue to become less dependent on the federal government rather than leaning on them more heavily by expanding a broken Medicaid system.”

“OCPA and many others in the state continue to encourage state leaders to refuse any form of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and seek to operate Insure Oklahoma independent of any involvement from the federal government. Citizens and businesses need to know what they can expect, and this type of back and forth shows just how shaky the federal government’s promises can be.”

“Kudos to Governor Fallin for standing up for Oklahoma. We encourage her and other state leaders to now take the next steps to truly reform health care in Oklahoma by championing medical price transparency, removing broken government health care regulations and reforming Oklahoma’s expensive and broken Medicaid system. The recently released Leavitt Report for Oklahoma is still ObamaCare, and our state can do better.”

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