Oklahoma’s freshman congressman says the ‘war on debt’ is just getting started.
News Clifton Adcock
The debt-ceiling fight that consumed politics and media for weeks came
to a conclusion on Aug. 3 with President Barack Obama signing a
hard-fought deal that would raise the nation’s credit limit and avoid
Commentary Howard Hendrick
The world has watched how Greece’s debt and financial woes have crippled
Greece, the European markets and nearly brought down the world’s
financial markets. Little Greece was nearly, and may yet be, the last
straw — the tipping point for a global economic disaster.
For the nearly 700,000 Oklahomans currently without health insurance
coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling upholding the
bulk of the Affordable Care Act offers hope. The court did, however,
strike down one key component of the law by making the expansion of
Medicaid, the shared federal-state health insurance program for the
poor, optional rather than mandatory.
Letters to the Editor D.W. Tiffee
David Blatt (Commentary, “Oklahoma and Medicaid Expansion,” July 18, Oklahoma Gazette) makes
some important points about the benefits of expanding Medicaid under
Obamacare, but neglects to mention the astonishing profit of the plan to
the state and taxpayers.
Commentary Craig W. Jones
Many people know that Medicaid was passed alongside Medicare as part of
the 1965 Social Security Act. But I would wager that very few Oklahomans
know that Oklahoma was one of only six states to be the first to
participate in Medicaid when it launched in 1966. Oklahoma was the only
Southern state among those six. Another 27 states signed on later that
year, 11 more in 1967, and another eight states (all Southern) in 1970.
Seems the new social program at the time was a bit controversial.
Commentary State Rep. T.W. Shannon
Ninety percent of an iceberg is typically underwater. This fact makes icebergs extremely dangerous, because it takes a keen eye to determine if the ice floating on the surface is a small block that can be pushed aside or several million tons of ice that will sink your ship.