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Don’t tread on us

Gazette staff August 8th, 2012

As The Washington Post mused recently, we Oklahomans are a rebellious lot who like to go against the grain, and likely will fight snaggletoothed and nail against signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Credit: Brad Gregg

A July 29 Post article focused on Oklahoma’s conservatism “with an independent streak and a disdain for the strong arm of government,” noting that “the state cannot even get residents to comply with car insurance laws.”

As the story noted, around a quarter of all Oklahoma drivers don’t carry car insurance, while about one in five don’t have health care coverage. Both figures are among the highest in the nation.

So where does an intrepid East Coast reporter go to talk to typical Oklahomans about Uncle Sam?

Why, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse at Stockyards City, of course.

“That kind of frontier mentality maintains in Oklahoma, and it’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing,” the Post quotes a Cattlemen’s breakfast customer, Mark Cunningham, as saying.

The Post story goes on to quote a couple of folks who cannot afford health insurance and are against the federal mandate to have insurance. Among those quoted is someone needing a kidney transplant.

That’s right. We here in Oklahoma are literally willing to die for our belief that the ACA stinks. ’Cause no freedom is more important than the freedom to die from preventable disease.

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08.08.2012 at 08:10 Reply

A kidney transplant? Who does that conservative freeloader think is going to pay for it? He's forcing people with insurance and who pay taxes to cover his bad health. Here's some liberal advice: Take some personal responsibility for your own actions. Don't foist your inevitable medical expenses off on other people who work hard for a living. You might think about turning down those Red Solo Cup parties too.