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Fallin fails

Wanda Jo Stapleton January 18th, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin’s ruthless refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income Oklahomans is typical of the way her past political actions have harmed Oklahomans.

In 2007, Fallin voted against raising the minimum wage above $5.15 per hour, where it had been for 10 years.

Then she opposed House Resolution 4, which gave Medicare authority to negotiate with drug manufacturers for lower prescription drug prices.

In other words, she voted to turn pricing of our prescription drugs over to pharmaceutical companies and order Medicare to pay whatever was asked. For those advocating reduction of Medicare costs, here’s the place to start.

She also said “no” to expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for 55,000 low-income children in Oklahoma and 4 million nationwide.

She voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Obama signed into law. Ledbetter was a hard worker who learned years later that she had lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits, because she had been paid much less than her male coworkers doing exactly the same work.

Finally, Fallin signed an emergency rule which gives insurance companies a pass on providing individual health insurance coverage for newborns from zero to 1 year old.

Surely, Oklahomans don’t realize how badly Fallin’s actions have hurt many of us.

—Wanda Jo Stapleton, Oklahoma City

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