Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

April 21, 2013

Legislators address city leaders at Chamber breakfast

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CLAREMORE —

He said the majority of Oklahoma elected officials disagree with the Affordable Care Act, however, they have not addressed it because they are scared of the issue.
“What we’re going to do instead is invite the federal government into Oklahoma in January to take over our healthcare system through Medicaid expansion,” said Burrage. “We had an opportunity two years ago to use a $54 million grant and set up a healthcare exchange so we would have some control, but we are so scared of it as public officials, we’re doing nothing.”
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin originally asked for the grant to pay for a “free-market conservative exchange to defend Oklahoma against federalization of health insurance,” then later abandoned the idea.
Burrage said on Wednesday, state senators passed the Shop Bill, which imposes a tax on Oklahoma hospitals.
“The hospitals take the money, then leverage it to get more federal money for Medicaid. We’re just asking for more money to put toward Medicaid,” he said. “It’s embarrassing and very hypocritical of our state officials.”

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