Commentary David Blatt
The past four years have put severe constraints on the state budget.
Many state agencies have absorbed funding cuts of more than 20 percent,
and most have been forced to cut staff while eliminating programs and
Oklahoma’s delay in creating a health care exchange likely means it will be established by the feds.
News Shelly Hickman
State leaders might have lost what some said was a high-stakes gamble
when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s individual
mandate to purchase health insurance. As a result, a health care
exchange required under the ACA will have to be established for
Oklahoma, which some observers say means it is likely the federal
government will be the entity creating it.