On the first weekly meeting of the McCortney-McIntire Interim Study on Healthcare in Oklahoma, the two co-chairs set up a presentation from the Oklahoma Dept. of Health where Oklahomans were told just how terrible their state is, when it comes to healthcare access & insurance.
Buffy Heater led a team from the State Dept. of Health to the capitol to put on a slide show of Oklahoma's miserable failures to get the citizens signed up with companies and agencies who'll guarantee them unlimited medical services access for a monthly fee or a govt. entitlement.
Heater said that 14% of Oklahomans have no health contract with an insurance company or govt. entitlement program.
Senator Kim David waited until after the very detailed presentation to ask a few questions about some ambiguous statements. In the slideshow by Heater, a map of Oklahoma's counties were color-coded to show which areas have the worst gaps. When Cherokee & Bryant County showed to be the worst, Sen. David asked; "Those counties have very large tribal memberships and some very good tribal healthcare centers & hospitals, along with the federal govt's Indian Healthcare programs."
The protest is based on the gist of the petition is blatantly false. With these misleading and false claims, signature seekers are collecting signatures on false pretenses that misrepresent HB2597 passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor.
The claim that a person can carry a firearm on a college campus is blatantly false, inaccurate, misleading, deceitful, inflammatory.
Here is a video recorded yesterday proving our statements conducted by Don Spencer, president of the OK2A. https://youtu.be/4RnhRNBVf8k
Council for the protest is Kevin Calvey and Robert Robles.
Davis did release a statement tonight. He said there are aspects of his arrest he wants to address in court, but acknowledges the mere appearance of impropriety is "unacceptable". He apologized for putting himself in the position.
“I am embarrassed by this situation and deeply sorry to my family, community and colleagues," Davis stated. "My role as a legislator carries the responsibly to lead by example, and in this case I should have done better in that regard.
"I will ensure this does not happen again while working through the due process of the justice system.”
Our lawmakers come from all backgrounds, all family traditions and all cultures. They struggle like the rest of us and they feel pain like the rest of us. Yet is our job as the electorate, to select those who can best devote themselves to leading us in both policy decisions and personal example.
We believe in redemption and we believe in praying for those who serve us. As Rep. Davis demonstrates the needed corrective measures in his life, it will be his constituents who must decide if he is fit to bear their trust. I personally hope and pray that Dean Davis steps up and does so, humbly. For God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.