Legislative leaders applaud bold initiative.
With a looming amendment to Oklahoma's ballooning constitution, Governor Stitt went to Washington to join with President Trump in seeking better ways to bring equitable funding to all states without the mandates of ObamaCare. The move brought immediate reaction for Speaker Charles McCall and other lawmakers who are focusing on the matter, and seeking a way to better provide for the truly destitute with the same federal funding levels that other states enjoy.
Current formulas only give Oklahoma about 62% reimbursement, while states with expanded medicaid enjoy better than 90%. It's akin to being able to buy a Cadillac Escalade for less money (out-of-pocket) than a Dodge Caravan.
Chairman Marcus McIntire joined with Speaker McCall in celebrating this new option. While guarded in his reaction, McIntire did acknowledge that this potential option will grant the state far more latitude in addressing unique needs in Oklahoma.