Weekly Wonk: December 28, 2012

the_weekly_wonkWhat’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk is dedicated to this week’s events, publications, and blog posts.

This week OK Policy Blog graphically dispelled the common myth that Medicaid is providing health care to adults who choose not to work.  Our director David Blatt discussed in The Journal Record why refusing the Medicaid expansion leaves Oklahoma with few, if any, viable options to tackle our enormous health care challenges.  Our director was also quoted in a Tulsa World article about steadily rising poverty in Tulsa County.

Oklahoma Policy Institute published a letter in The Oklahoman on why the state’s tax credit for horizontal drilling is past its usefulness.  A longer version of this letter previously appeared on the OK Policy Blog.  Lastly this week, guest blogger Barry Friedman wrote about what the recent violence in Newtown means for dialogue and public policies around guns in America. 

Numbers of the Day

  • 93 percent – Percentage of SoonerCare/Medicaid enrollees who are children, pregnant women, seniors, or people with disabilities.
  • 6,636 – Number of personal bankruptcies in Oklahoma attributable to medical debt, 2011
  • 497,951 – Number of Oklahoma children in households claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, 2010

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