OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Joe Dorman said it is deplorable for Mary Fallin to reject Medicaid expansion in favor of a program that covers only an eighth of as many Oklahomans, particularly at a time when the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is cutting over $200 million annually in services.
“While I am pleased that Insure Oklahoma will be preserved, it is nothing but a Band-Aid compared to what Medicaid expansion would do for Oklahoma,” said Dorman. “Fallin should be working to ensure health care access for as many Oklahomans as possible. She has failed to do so.”
Dorman, the Democratic nominee for Governor, mentioned how Insure Oklahoma has cut more than 7,000 Oklahomans from its rolls to get federal approval to keep it alive.
“The program just last year covered over 26,000 people, and now it’s 19,000 people,” said Dorman. “If we accepted Medicaid expansion, it would cover nearly eight times as many Oklahomans. It is ridiculous forFallin to reject such a valuable program that would do everything Insure Oklahoma does and more. Her priorities are absolutely absurd.”
Dorman said this is yet another example of Fallin putting politics and her obsession with bashing the federal government ahead of Oklahomans and good public policy. He promised his number one priority as Governor would be creating and implementing the best policies for all Oklahomans.
“Mary Fallin focuses so much on taking the politically expedient route that she would rather let more than 100,000 Oklahomans suffer without health care than anger her political base,” said Dorman. “I will work with anyone and everyone to create a better life for all Oklahomans. That includes accepting the Medicaid expansion dollars. We can do better.”