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OKG Newsletter

Topic: healthcare

Exchanging control

In the wake of the federal health care law being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Oklahoma must ensure a health care exchange.


Clifton Adcock
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week upholding the federal Affordable Care Act prompted no small amount of frustration from Oklahoma government and business leaders opposed to President Barack Obama’s signature program.
Monday, July 2, 2012

Hyperbolic overdrive

Letters to the Editor

Brandon Wertz
The conservative response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare featured in Chicken-Fried News’ “Harumph, harumph, harumph” (June 28, is a string of some of the most rhetorical and hyperbolic comments I’ve ever read.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Playing snow day roulette

Letters to the Editor

Todd Fagin
Many a student has undoubtedly played a game of “snow day roulette” in which the student opts to postpone completing homework under the hope inclement weather will result in a school closing. If the forecast is wrong or the school otherwise remains open, the student is often in quite a predicament.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oklahoma and Medicaid expansion


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.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Medicaid expansion vital

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.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Why we need health care reform

Letters to the Editor

Richard Westmoreland
Here we go again with the health care debate. As we listen to prominent Republicans continue to say, “We have the best health care delivery system in the world,” it may be worth remembering why we got reform in the first place.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wait for it

Oklahoma’s delay in creating a health care exchange likely means it will be established by the feds.


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.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Health insurance? Fooey!


Gazette staff
Why does the standoff between Gov. Mary Fallin and the Affordable Care Act remind us of the battle between Sylvester and Tweety Bird?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Gov. Fallin rejected two key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, but critics of the decision say they’re not giving up.


Clifton Adcock
Perlinda George, a student at Oklahoma City Community College, had hoped to sign up for coverage in an expanded Medicaid program under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coverage controversy

Supporters and critics scramble to determine the impact of Gov. Fallin’s decision against Medicaid expansion.


Clifton Adcock
As Oklahoma pushes forward to form its own health care reform plan, several groups are trying to pressure Gov. Mary Fallin to reverse her previous decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013