The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Opinion

January 27, 2013

State needs better leadership on health issues

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I appreciated having an opportunity to read Rep. Doug Cox’s article in the Transcript. He has my endorsement for his wanting Oklahoma to expand Medicaid here and his thought that Gov. Fallin’s refusal being perhaps for her politically good but cold-hearted for so many Oklahomans without basic health care.

However, these bad decisions about health care here started back when she refused the $54 million to develop an Oklahoma insurance exchange.

She first had accepted this money but when the rabble in the legislature geared up, she sent the money back. The same rabble helped her to make the decision to refuse the expansion program.

The consequences will be that at best only a very small segment of the possible 200,000 plus Oklahomans that would have been covered by the expansion will be covered in whatever is done by Gov. Fallin and the current legislature. Covering these people with Medicare would keep them from using the most inefficient medical care at an ER for their only care. We will still be paying for that as we do currently through our healthcare insurance premiums.

 This is not the only dumb fiscal decision made here.

At the same time that Gov. Fallin is promoting another tax cut that will reduce revenue needed for restoring various agencies, she is considering increasing money for education and for medical health treatment for the mentally troubled.

She will not attempt to make up for the lost revenue by reforming our tax credit and exemptions despite Rep. Dank having shown them to provide no worthwhile benefit to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has one of the worst records among states for giving away a larger share of taxpayer money through such credits and exemptions. Now along comes Rep. Josh Cockroft wanting to eliminate funding for Oklahoma Arts Council which would be a trifle compared to funds given away in any number of those worthless credits listed by Rep. Dank.

 This Oklahoma lunacy continues at the national level as evidenced by Rep. Lankford recently blaming gun violence on welfare moms.

Oklahoma desperately needs better leadership.

 Chadwick Cox

Norman

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Dancing forward

    The official motto for Mike Fowler’s chairmanship of the Norman Chamber of Commerce is “Moving Norman Forward.” But after Thursday night’s annual banquet, the sub-theme should be, “Let’s Dance, Norman.” More than 500 chamber members and ...

    April 19, 2014

  • NRA members need to step up

    Please, Mr. Bloomberg, leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you....

    April 19, 2014

  • Local control or not?

    Oklahoma lawmakers are a fickle bunch when it comes to issues of local control. Sometimes they want it and other times they do not....

    April 19, 2014

  • Norman should act wisely

    Editor, The Transcript: The fact that the city of Norman sells water for oil/gas drilling (or any other purpose) for less than half what they pay Oklahoma City when buying water, and while Norman residents are on rationing, is an act of ...

    April 18, 2014

  • There’s no need to fix system that’s working

    Lawmaker attempts to alter the way judges are selected are being challenged by the state’s lawyers. More than 1,800 signatures on a state bar association petition urging a “no” vote on Senate Joint Resolution 21 have been gathered in just ...

    April 18, 2014

  • On the side of openness

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been criticized for failing to release emails and other information sought by press outlets who believe it was covered under the state’s Open Records Act. Now, Fallin is coming down on the side of keeping the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • A raise for troopers, but what about others?

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could see an increase in their paychecks during the state’s next fiscal year, which begins in July....

    April 17, 2014

  • Fallin should help residents

    Editor, The Transcript: I see this week that our empty skirt of a governor asked the federal government (small business administration) for much money. She is concerned about the suffering of the business owners in Lexington and Purcell ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Wind power bursting

    There are a few wind generators dotting the Norman skyline, but western and northwestern Oklahoma makes up for the deficit here. An industry group this week said Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of wind-generated ...

    April 16, 2014