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March 23, 2013

Standing their ground

NORMAN — It’s getting almost comical to watch the gyrations Oklahoma politicians are going through to distance themselves from federal legislation approved by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

First, Gov. Mary Fallin announces she will not expand Medicaid eligibility to Oklahomans despite the fact that those residents will continue to get sick and need care from our health care providers.

Now, Insurance Commissioner John Doak says he won’t be enforcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That act requires most individuals have health insurance and provides a premium subsidy for those who need it and penalizes those who choose not to purchase health insurance.

Several states have taken similar positions on Medicaid expansion and then changed. The federal government is not waiting for Oklahoma leaders to accept the law.

The Tulsa World reports Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Wyoming insurance officials have received notices that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be enforcing the law here.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma hospitals are bracing for the next few years of health care changes.

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