NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Vital information could be provided on billboards at one or more of the entrances to Oklahoma. These billboards could say, “Welcome to Oklahoma where Governor Mary Fallin is denying Medicaid to 131,000 Oklahomans.”
According to Oklahoma Policy Institute, Governor Fallin has refused to expand Medicaid coverage to 131,000 low-income Oklahomans. She said “no” to federal government funding for 100 percent of Oklahomans’ expanded coverage for the first three years, followed by a gradual reduction of cost coverage to 90 percent by 2020 and thereafter.
Since Fallin has passed up an offer like this, we Oklahomans will continue paying federal taxes, but our tax money will go to pay for health care in other states. That tax money will amount to $1,264,000,000 by 2022, according to the Huffington Post.
Oklahomans get sicker, die sooner, and go without much-needed health care at some of the highest rates in the nation. Those without health insurance hold off going to the doctor when they get sick. Instead, they wait until they are so bad, they end up in the emergency room, which is enormously expensive for us taxpayers.
So Fallin’s ruthless refusal to expand Medicaid is both economically and morally wrong.
What would she say if she had to face low-income Oklahomans whose lives are so affected by not having health care coverage?
WANDA JO STAPLETON
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