Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced that Oklahoma would become the latest state to reject two key elements of the healthcare plan. Oklahoma will not participate in the state expansion of Medicaid and will not create a health insurance exchange, leaving the task to the federal government. Why? “Such an expansion would be unaffordable,” Governor Fallin succinctly stated.
Governor Fallin stated that expanding Medicaid would cost the state “up to $425 million between now and the year 2020, while escalating the annual expenses in subsequent years.” Fallin said that covering those costs with the state budget would require cuts to education and public safety, or require raising taxes.
Governor Fallin explained that Oklahoma would not establish an exchange because “[a]ny exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.”
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