Sent the following letter to eight newspapers in Oklahoma. Hope you will call the Governor about this.
Oklahoma needs the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid that Governor Mary Fallin is refusing. It would extend Medicaid to some 150,000 Sooners currently not insured. She says Oklahoma cannot afford it, but it is 100% federally funded the first three years, then Oklahoma begins to pick up a maximum of 10% of the cost. Oklahoma will benefit from a half billion dollars every year by investing only 10% of the federal cost.
Others say Oklahoma should not encumber the federal government the half billion dollars a year to fund it. But Oklahoma already receives $25 billion from the federal government every year for highways, military bases, public education, etc., etc. Nobody suggests refusing that. Medicaid expansion is a national program to benefit every state, and Oklahoma should be one of them.
If we don’t take Medicaid expansion, Oklahoma taxes will pay for other states that do take it. It is an offer we can’t refuse. Governor Fallin needs to hear from the people that she should change her mind. Call her at 405-521-2342.
Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City