Health Care

Citizens question how personal information was obtained by activists

Organizers of an April 24 rally to support expansion of Oklahoma’s Medicaid program recently issued a release declaring a “broad coalition of Oklahomans” would be involved. But organizers resorted to the modern version of cold-calling strangers to drive up turnout.

Ray Carter
April 23, 2019
Health Care

Statement on Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Statement from Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs, on the filing of a ballot initiative to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot.

Jonathan Small
April 19, 2019
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Amid doctor shortage, TSET spending draws lawmakers’ concern

New data shows the state’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, has spent as much of Oklahoma’s tobacco-settlement funds on promoting bars and supporting a boathouse as on recruiting doctors to rural areas. That has lawmakers questioning the trust’s effectiveness.

Ray Carter
April 18, 2019
Health Care

Medicaid expansion fails to lower hospital prices

After expanding Medicaid, many Colorado hospitals continued to raise their service prices despite the fact hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased. They did not pass supposed savings onto Coloradans, but instead decided to build more hospitals and buy out more physician-owned practices.

Kaitlyn Finley
April 12, 2019
Health Care

Three reforms for Oklahoma health care

Instead of expanding Medicaid and increasing demand for government-subsidized health care by adding hundreds of thousands of able-bodied, working-age adults onto the state’s bloated Medicaid program, Oklahoma policymakers should pursue real regulatory reform to allow free-market principles to organically increase the supply and lower the costs of health care for all Oklahomans.

Kaitlyn Finley
April 1, 2019
Health Care

Medicaid expansion means higher taxes

Many states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare are now faced with budget shortfalls and must raise revenue through tax increases in order to fund Medicaid expansion for a new entitlement class of able-bodied, working-age adults.

Kaitlyn Finley
March 21, 2019
Health Care

Senate Bill 605 is bad policy, no matter where you try it

Oklahoma should reject proposals like state Senate Bill 605 to further expand Medicaid. Similar Medicaid expansion plans have been scrapped in states like Iowa and New Hampshire due to high costs.

Kaitlyn Finley
March 18, 2019
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