Fallin: Oklahoma Won’t Implement Obamacare Exchange

Monday, 19 Nov 2012 08:26 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday that she will not set up a state-based insurance exchange, a key feature of Obamacare.

The Sooner State is the latest GOP-led state to say it won’t set up the portal for people who do not have insurance through their employers to shop for coverage and compare costs and services.

Such individuals would receive a federal subsidy to defray costs.

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Fallin added that Oklahoma will not participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, The Hill reports.

"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 healthcare and the fiscal stability of the nation," Fallin said in a statement reported by The Hill.

Conservatives are pressuring GOP governors to not set up exchanges – in an effort to block the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, The Hill reports.

The federal government will run Oklahoma's exchange, like those in other Republican-led states that have rejected their own exchanges, The Hill reports.



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