|Oklahoma: Opting out|
Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin, a Republican, delayed her decision until after the presidential election, saying that she thought the Affordable Care Act was unrealistic at both the state and federal level, but that she was not ready to reject the Medicaid expansion. “There’s still a lot of unanswered questions,” Fallin said. “We think it’s important to be thoughtful.” On Nov. 19, Fallin announced that Oklahoma would opt out of both the opportunity to create its own health care exchange and the Medicaid expansaion.
“It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation,” Fallin said.