On Wednesday Senator Greg McCortney & Rep. Marcus McIntire began a 2nd consecutive bicameral interim study in as many years. Most insiders agree that the purpose is to soften up conservative resistance to Federal medicaid expansion in Oklahoma. McIntire said that the goal is "to make Oklahoma healthier". He claims that it's up to Oklahoma to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Let's see if that claim matches the recommendations that come from this group?
There is a move afloat to bring a petition to the people of Oklahoma to amend our state constitution, to enforce free healthcare as a 'constitutional right' that is due to all Oklahomans, regardless if it bankrupts the state and jeopardizes all other core public safety roles that state govt. serves.
The first meeting was titled "Healthcare 101" The governor's office is taking part in the meeting. We're including the web feed of the opening meeting, via YouTube.
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.
David Van Risseghem is the Publisher of SoonerPolitics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...