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Medicaid Reforms Even Obama (or Republicans) Can Love

May 7, 2014 - 9:42am CDT

It may be hard to believe, but it was only four years ago that health care costs became the top cost driver in the Oklahoma state budget, surpassing the traditional “winner,” K-12 public education. Debates over the (un)Affordable Care Act aside, there is widespread recognition that Medicaid is the ... READ MORE

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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Is a Bad Idea

April 9, 2014 - 9:45am CDT

Even as those parts of Obamacare that have not yet been postponed stagger toward the finish line, one part of the president’s health-care law continues to build momentum. As of this writing, 25 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs in accordance with Obama... READ MORE

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Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Better Living Through Free-Market Health Care

April 9, 2014 - 9:43am CDT

You had to be paying attention, or have it called to your attention. Thanks to a little bit of both, I’ve investigated another fascinating example of health care affordability in an increasingly insane health care market. It’s a blessing to share the good news. In mid-February, members of the Okla... READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Case Underscores That Liberty Is Tenable Only with Limited Government

January 13, 2014 - 8:52am CST

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a consolidated case against a particularly objectionable dictate of Obamacare—the mandate to employers to provide their employees with health insurance that specifically covers abortifacients. Included in the case is a challenge brought by the Davi... READ MORE

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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Would Hurt Oklahoma’s Economy

December 13, 2013 - 3:06pm CST

There is currently a debate raging in state capitals across the country as policymakers dispute the merits of expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At first glance, expanding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program looks like “free” money since Uncle Sam is promising to... READ MORE

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Dr. Smith Goes to Washington

December 13, 2013 - 8:56am CST

As I reported at Watchdog.org earlier this month (“Dr. Smith goes to Washington: Oklahoma doctor gains national prominence supporting free market”), Dr. G. Keith Smith appeared Dec. 2 on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, though his opposition to the Affordable Care Act is just one of the reasons. S... READ MORE

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It Is What It Is: The Health Insurance Market and Unintended Consequences

December 13, 2013 - 8:55am CST

In broad context, even Pollyanna would be concerned about the sustainability of the American insurance system, especially after a review of health care news from Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Consider the headline on an Education Week story in late November: “K-12, College... READ MORE

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Government Is Forcing a Choice that ‘No American Business Should Have to Make’

December 13, 2013 - 8:53am CST

Editor’s note: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., in which the Oklahoma-based retailer is challenging Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, ... READ MORE

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Oklahomans and Obamacare: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

November 14, 2013 - 3:15pm CST

The past is prologue and, contra Henry Ford, history is not bunk. History does not seem to indicate that Oklahoma will soon join the ranks of states implementing unsustainable, unfinanced, and unwise variations of Medicaid expansion as envisioned in the president’s health law. Nevertheless, eternal... READ MORE

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Will Oklahoma Expand Medicaid?

November 14, 2013 - 3:14pm CST

In September OCPA played host to more than 750 of our closest friends for the annual meeting of the State Policy Network, the service organization for the nation’s free-market, state-focused think tank community. One of the highlights of the week was hearing from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Not on... READ MORE

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