Quote of the Day 8/14/2013

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: http://bit.ly/17oY6e5)


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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