Oklahoma becomes latest red state to approve Obamacare's Medicaid expansion at the ballot box

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Active Member

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    Voters in Oklahoma narrowly approved an expansion of Medicaid on Tuesday night, making it the latest conservative-leaning state to approve of the Obamacare provision at the ballot box.

    State Question 802 passed with just 50.5 percent, or by 6,488 votes. The measure bypasses the Republican-controlled Legislature and governor’s mansion to enshrine insurance coverage for low-income Oklahomans via the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) in the state’s constitution.

    “In the middle of a pandemic, Oklahomans stepped up and delivered lifesaving care for nearly 200,000 of our neighbors, took action to keep our rural hospitals open, and brought our tax dollars home to protect jobs and boost our local economy,” Yes on 802 campaign manager Amber England said in a statement after the victory.

    Oklahoma is one of the states dealing with a “Medicaid gap,” the result of Republican state governments’ choosing not to use the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provision. The expansion provides federal funds to help low-income Americans get health care, with the federal government picking up the lion’s share of the cost.

    Without the expansion, some residents — specifically those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for subsidies — are left in a difficult position when it comes to obtaining health insurance.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2018 Oklahoma had the second highest rate of uninsured residents in the country, behind only Texas. More than half a million people in the state do not have health insurance. But with Question 802 passed at the ballot box, the state must now expand Medicaid by July 1, 2021.

    Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt opposed the initiative, saying the state could not afford to cover its 10 percent share of the expansion — the rest of which is covered by the federal government. Projections for the expansion’s cost have risen due to more residents being out of work amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has also resulted in lower revenue projections for the state budget due to the economic slowdown. Stitt’s alternate plan for expansion fizzled earlier this year.


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  2. GeneWright

    GeneWright Active Member

    Great to see in such a red stronghold, especially one Trump just rallied in. T -4 months to impending blue wave!

    Just voted myself by mail in the Minnesota primary and registered for the general election ballot by mail!
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  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Active Member

    I voted Biden by mail in the primary and will probably just early vote for President (Biden)
  4. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    For the record, I think that Trump’s renewal of the suit against Obama Care’s constitutionality was a stupid move. If some people are happy with it, let them have it.
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  5. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    A rare reasoned response. Applause.
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