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August 15,

My fear is that physicians will be even more reluctant to be honest when curative treatment is futile. Needless suffering should be outlawed by our state leaders if they are intent on practicing medicine without a license.

-Annette Prince, director of the Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center, on a new Oklahoma law that seeks to ban doctors from denying aggressive medical treatments to elderly, disabled, or dying patients, even if the treatment could cause great suffering with little chance of success (Source:

August 14,

If your response is, ‘Well, the hospital closed because we couldn’t keep it open and the doctors are 80 miles away in this other town,’ as an employer I’m going to say, ‘Well, I’m going to move to this other town that’s 80 miles away because they’ve got a doctor.’ It is an economic development issue as much as anything else.

-Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, on why keeping rural hospitals open is important for Oklahoma’s economy. Hospitals will struggle with reduced reimbursements for treating the uninsured if Oklahoma does not accept federal funds to expand Soonercare or Insure Oklahoma. (Source:

August 13,

An older offender came up to me … and he said, ‘Just remember, we let you work here.’  We’re so outnumbered. They could take this place over anytime if they wanted to, any time, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Lt. Jai Batson, an officer at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington Oklahoma (Source:

August 5,

There’s any number of ways that this could have been done, but everybody had an objection with one of the ways to get it done. Rather than put the interest of public safety first, they’ve put how we get it done ahead of the families that can’t get autopsy results.

-Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, on lawmakers’ continuing failure to replace Oklahoma’s decrepit State Medical Examiner facility (Source:

August 2,

If they can’t be profitable without a tax giveaway, there are other problems.  We generally don’t use tax policy to continue to subsidize permanently what the private sector should be able to do on its own.

-David Blatt, director of Oklahoma Policy Institute, on Oklahoma continuing to subsidize oil & gas companies with state tax credits for horizontal drilling (Source:

August 1,

If Mr. Pruitt’s lawsuit were to prevail, all he would achieve is making health care unaffordable to over 300,000 Oklahomans. … The reality of a legal victory is a terrible loss for the low-income people of Oklahoma, whose taxes pay the attorney general’s salary.

-Congresswoman Jackie Speier, on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s lawsuit attempting to block the federal government from offering tax credits to low-income Oklahomans to assist with the cost of insurance (Source:

July 31,

If state officials put as much energy into educating the public about the [Affordable Care Act] as they do into denouncing it, folks might understand the law.

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, program minister for OKC’s First Unitarian Church (Source:

July 30,

The citizens mandated our state to offer health care access to low-income, working Oklahomans back in 2004. Not only did they support the program, but they also supported increasing tobacco taxes to pay for it. We need to obey the will of the people and develop a state plan to provide for health care access after we lose Insure Oklahoma.

-Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove (Source:

July 29,

I have actually transformed a closet where we house our anthropologist. I actually have her in a closet. There’s literally no place for me to put people.

-Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the state Medical Examiner’s Office, which continues to struggle with inadequate funding and out-of-date facilities. The office has a backlog of more than 1,300 cases, with Oklahomans left waiting months or years to find out the reasons for the death of loved ones. (Source:

July 26,

Somewhere in all the talk about being open for business and all the policy discussions about health care and tax incentives and education reform, the desire to fight poverty and help the least fortunate of society has, somehow, been pushed aside.

-M. Scott Carter, writing in the Journal Record (Source: