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Health Care Gamble Could Cost Oklahoma
Oklahoma rolled the dice and is could soon have to pay up
after betting wrong when it came to national politics. The issue revolves around the Affordable Care
Act. The new health care law requires
states to set up a health insurance exchange program. That exchange program is essentially a
database where people can compare costs and purchase health insurance
The federal government gave Oklahoma $54 million to
implement an exchange, but Governor Mary Fallin rejected the funds. Republicans in Oklahoma bet first that the
Supreme Court would declare the law unconstitutional. When that failed, many of the GOP leaders
hoped for Republican victories either in the Senate or Presidency or both. That failed to materialize as well.
Oklahoma has until November 16, 2012 to submit plans for
a state-based or federal partnership exchange and that plan needs to be created
by the first of next year. If Oklahoma
doesn’t do that, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will take
over and force the state into a federally run insurance exchange.
Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Governor Fallin issued the
following statement in regards to the health insurance exchange program:
Fallin is continuing to explore the state’s options as they relate to health
insurance exchanges. Her priority is to ensure the people of Oklahoma are best
served by a system that increases access to health care, controls health care
costs and does so in a way that is fiscally responsible. Oklahoma is not in a
unique position; many other states are continuing to weigh what options best
serve their citizens, as is responsible.” - Alex Weintz
Posted: Wednesday, November 7 2012, 09:35 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
In tornado's wake, worried parents seek out kids
May 21, 2013 08:28 GMT
By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Parents and guardians of children whose elementary schools were damaged in the deadly tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area are hoping for happy reunions.
At least 20 children are among the more than 50 reported dead so far in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged Monday afternoon by a tornado with winds up to 200 mph. Officials said early Tuesday the death toll could rise by as many as 40.
Many parents seeking their children gathered at a suburban church, listening intently as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off. For many families, the ordeal ended in tears of joy. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.
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