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October 2,
2013

The top story all day was that Republicans had shut down the federal government because President Obama wouldn’t defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. The other major story was that the government’s servers were crashing because so many people were trying to see if they could get insurance through Obamacare. So on the one hand, Washington was shut down because Republicans don’t want Obamacare. On the other hand, Obamacare was nearly shut down because so many Americans wanted Obamacare.

-Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein (Source: http://wapo.st/18sWjGR)

October 1,
2013

I don’t tell you this to make you feel sorry for me, Mr. or Mrs. lawmaker. I tell you this because I am tired of being reduced to a number, a statistic or, even worse, being described as a freeloader that wants to live off of the government health care teat. I tell you this because if you defund Obamacare, or delay it even for one year, as you are debating today, then this will be my last letter to you. I will be dead before my 27th birthday.

-Kendall Brown, Executive Director of Individual Artists of Oklahoma, who has been unable to purchase health insurance to treat her Crohns’ Disease because she is denied for a pre-existing condition (Source: http://bit.ly/17koF6N)

September 30,
2013

I think that all public officials should support clawbacks, because the alternative is to say that we should let the companies take the money and run. It only makes sense that companies should hold up their end of the bargain.

-Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, on “clawback” provisions in tax incentives that require companies that fail or lay off workers to repay public funds. Oklahoma’s Quality Jobs tax incentive, which does not have a clawback provision, has continued to make “job creation” payments to companies even after mass layoffs (Source: http://bit.ly/17iOIem).

September 27,
2013

Oklahoma must have a medical examiner’s office – it’s an absolute necessity. And while it has been easy for some lawmakers to whine and complain about the growth of state government, the idea that the state doesn’t have a resource for the families of deceased Oklahomans and for the law enforcement community is absolutely insane. It’s always easy to point fingers and say how bad government is or how ineffective or bloated – until someone needs a government service.

-M. Scott Carter, The Journal Record (Source: http://bit.ly/198cYwx)

September 26,
2013

Governor, it pains me to recognize that when you didn’t know I am gay, you considered me equal. It pains me to know that my beloved Oklahoma appears to be like Alabama of the 1960s, not moving forward but stagnating in prejudice and inequality no longer suited for our country. My prayer for you and the state of Oklahoma is that you move forward on civil rights issues and certainly not take steps backwards.

-Dillon Pena, a family friend of Governor Fallin, in an open letter to the Governor about her decision to block same sex marriage benefits for Oklahoma National Guard members (Source: http://huff.to/19C0YFt)

September 25,
2013

I was expecting to see it. I was looking for it, and it’s not there.

-Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, who said there’s no evidence that small businesses are reducing hiring due to the Affordable Care Act (Source: http://usat.ly/18p83uR)

September 24,
2013

When I had my first son, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. I was on Prozac for about two months. They told me I had a diagnosis of depression and was uninsurable. I was devastated. My husband had just been laid off. Ever since I’ve been able to, I’ve been a working person and worked hard and carried insurance and everything, and then it was just like being left out in the cold.

-Yukon nurse Katie Bolin, who will be able to purchase insurance for the first time in a year when Affordable Care Act protections for Oklahomans with pre-existing conditions go into effect next year (Source: http://bit.ly/18mJcrw)

September 23,
2013

I’ve done physical, hard labor almost all of my working life. I can feel it every day when I get up. My back hurts, my leg hurts, my hands… What I need is access to health care. I’m willing to pay for that. But I think that people who can’t afford to pay for it shouldn’t have to expect to simply become sick or become crippled or die.

-Hugh Meade, an Oklahoma City sign fabricator who will be able to obtain health insurance for the first time in 10 years on the new Affordable Care Act marketplace (Source: http://bit.ly/18kLOpU)

September 20,
2013

If we’re going to sell our souls for high-stakes testing, we have to be able to rely on timely test data and consistent standards that are not raised at the last minute to create false failing scores.

-Stan Trout, principal at Sand Springs’ Charles Page High School (Source: http://bit.ly/19khjhZ)

September 19,
2013

If the Legislature thought it was worth its time to study, debate and vote for the initiative, then why is it not worth funding? It appears some think that passing the bill made lawmakers look tough on crime but funding the bill makes them look soft on crime. Figure out that reasoning.

-Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz, on lawmakers’ failure to fund implementation of criminal justice reforms passed in 2012 (Source: http://bit.ly/19gTYOb)