Statement Re: Submission of Gov. Stitt’s Health Care Proposal

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Friday submitted the Governor’s Medicaid expansion proposal to federal officials.

We are disappointed to hear that the Governor continues to push his personal plan for Oklahoma healthcare versus the vetted, proven, and citizen-backed strategy of full Medicaid expansion.

Full details of the Governor’s plan have not been shared publicly. The few known elements of his plan are both untested and expected to face lengthy legal challenges if it moves forward.    

Lawmakers have had nearly a decade to expand health care in our state, and Oklahomans have taken matters into their own hands through the SQ 802 ballot initiative. As we continue to wait for the governor to set SQ 802’s election date, he continues to hurriedly push his own ill-conceived health care proposal. 

In football terms, the game clock is expiring and the Governor has called for a desperate Hail Mary pass to the end zone. Except health care for 200,000 Oklahomans isn’t a game. In many cases, it’s a matter of life and death.  


David Hamby has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning communicator, including overseeing communication programs for Oklahoma higher education institutions and other organizations. Before joining OK Policy, he was director of public relations for Rogers State University where he managed the school’s external communication programs and served as a member of the president’s leadership team. He served in a similar communications role for five years at the University of Tulsa. He also has worked in communications roles at Oklahoma State University and the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. He joined OK Policy in October 2019.

One thought on “Statement Re: Submission of Gov. Stitt’s Health Care Proposal

  1. I wonder if the governor or any ofhisofloved ones has neexedna galbladdergaremoved and not had insurance;it is quite a painful experience.

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