The Duncan Banner


June 4, 2014

'Sooner Care' in 2015 will begin to fail

DUNCAN — The 2014 Oklahoma Legislature, controlled by Oklahoma’s Republican

Party, cobbled together the budget for Fiscal Year 2015, basically

flat-lining the amount of monies that will be available to the

Oklahoma Health Care Authority! Why do they think they should expand

the budget for both the State Attorney General and Director of the

Oklahoma Insurance Division, then spend more state funds defending the

legislature’s unconstitutional laws and federal constitutionally sound


What this budget does accomplish is that it insures LESS health care

for tens of thousands of Oklahomans who don’t qualify for health

insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

Act. By refusing to increase the budget to cover these additional

people who qualify for Medicaid (SoonerCare) under the ACA places

hospitals and medical clinics in Oklahoma in financial straits.

When Governor Fallin failed to expand SoonerCare under the Medicaid

guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, along with the Governor’s and

Legislature’s refusal to set up an Insurance Exchange, they doomed

Oklahoma’s medical system to failure.

Not expanding Medicaid automatically discontinues federal monies

portion that has currently been supporting 33% of Oklahoma’s

SoonerCare (Medicaid) payments to medical facilities treating those

without insurance. Without the financial support provided by these

federal funds, Emergency Rooms and Rural Health Clinics will not be

able to function to their normal capacity

As John Silva, CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services in Tulsa

Oklahoma so aptly stated: “Throughout the state, storm clouds gather.

The perfect storm is forming and Oklahomans are the architects. Health

care disparities grow in poor urban neighborhoods and rural

communities. Oklahomans have watched these events for many years and

we remain unmoved, preferring instead to allow others to influence

events and establish priorities.

We tacitly support continuation and expansion of millions of dollars

of corporate tax breaks for our most affluent industry, while silently

watching the collapse of our state’s infrastructure. We have signed

onto the mantra that corporate tax breaks for our energy industry will

somehow improve the quality of our lives, regardless of what our eyes

and the facts tell us.

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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