Speaker McCall, Chairman McEntire Comment on Governor's Health Care PlanThu, 30 Jan 2020 14:41:57 CST
House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, issued the following statement today on Governor Kevin Stittís SoonerCare 2.0 announcement:
ďThis is a far better plan than putting Obamacare in the Constitution with no flexibility. Our Caucus appreciates Governor Stittís strong leadership working with the Trump administration to bring federal dollars back to Oklahoma. We will promptly discuss the governorís plan as a Caucus and seek input from the entire Legislature upon session convening next week.
When states can work with the federal administration, outcomes for citizens are always better. This opportunity to work hand in hand with the federal administration on a plan it has endorsed will make our citizens healthier. The governorís plan gives Oklahoma the flexibility to put our citizensí health first, while the state question puts stringent federal Obamacare requirements first, to the detriment of innovation and health outcomes.
At first glance, the governorís plan swiftly brings our federal dollars home to help Oklahomans in a far more responsible fashion than the state question. It also has responsible funding mechanisms, which the state question does not. The state question forces the Obamacare federal model upon states, and the Trump-Stitt plan puts states in charge of their own healthcare and health outcomes. We will discuss more details in the coming days, but it is a highly promising plan.Ē
Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, co-chair of the legislative Healthcare Working Group and chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement:
ďAt first blush of seeing this plan, Iím optimistic. It does increase access to care and captures our tax dollars and brings them back home. It also gives the state unprecedented flexibility in designing and administering Medicaid without raising taxes on Oklahoma citizens or raiding dollars from other core areas of service.Ē
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