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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

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

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

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

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

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

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Wrong for Oklahoma

November 14, 2013 - 3:11pm CST

Across the country, state policymakers are debating whether or not to implement the Medicaid expansion featured in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). So far, Oklahoma’s leaders have declined to expand Medicaid—a reasoned decision that we applaud. However, proponents of Medicaid expansion in our s... READ MORE

From Africa to Anadarko, a Story of Love and Markets

November 14, 2013 - 3:08pm CST

This is a story of love, and markets. It is about a family, and a group of doctors. The Berkleys live on a farm in the southwest Oklahoma countryside, between the towns of Chickasha and Anadarko. Mom and Dad are Caucasian. Their adopted children came from Haiti and Africa. Two of the kids, Joshua... READ MORE

Oklahoma-Bound Medical Tourists are Voting With Their Feet

September 9, 2013 - 3:16pm CDT

In a recent hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman James Lankford (R-Okla.) lauded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, a multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City which posts its prices online, as a place where “competition has driven up quality and driven dow... READ MORE

The Leavitt Report Is Still Obamacare

August 5, 2013 - 3:17pm CDT

Recently, the consulting firm Leavitt Partners released a report paid for by the taxpayer-funded Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Unsurprisingly, the report recommends Oklahoma seek “enhanced federal funding” from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Proponents have gone to great len... READ MORE

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