Quote of the Day 1/5/2014

“That 70 percent would qualify for Medicaid tomorrow if Oklahoma accepted Medicaid expansion. This population consists of the working poor, and they find themselves in a Twilight Zone: They make too little to get coverage from one source of insurance, and they make too much to get coverage from the other available source. All the while our state leaders sit on their hands hoping fervently that this whole health care thing goes away. This passive-aggressive state posture simply cannot go on. There are ways to address issues of public responsibility, and we seem to have lost the willingness to try.”

-Morton Comprehensive Health Services CEO John M. Silva, who said Oklahoma lawmakers’ decision to slash the uncompensated care fund while continuing to refuse federal dollars to expand Medicaid is forcing his clinics to severely reduce services and stop accepting new uninsured patients, who likely have nowhere else to go (Source: http://bit.ly/1wPVbWN).


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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