State of Oklahoma Archives: on Health Care

Abby Broyles: Expand Medicaid, support rural access to health care

Abby will work to give everyone access to an affordable and comprehensive option and to protect Oklahomans with pre-existing conditions. Abby supports the expansion of Medicaid so that everyone has access to an affordable and comprehensive option. She will fight for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for providers in rural areas and for the expansion of existing incentive programs to attract and encourage health care professionals to work in rural communities.
Source: 2020 Oklahoma Senate campaign website Jul 26, 2020

Abby Broyles: Failure to cover pre-existing conditions is downright cruel

Abby supports protecting Oklahomans with pre-existing conditions. Jim Inhofe has repeatedly advocated and voted to strip away the insurance of those with a pre-existing condition. The ACA, or ObamaCare, is far from perfect, but prohibiting an insurance company from dropping or not offering insurance to Oklahomans because of a pre-existing condition is not just wrong--it's downright cruel.
Source: 2020 Oklahoma Senate campaign website Jul 26, 2020

Abby Broyles: I want to cap prescription drug costs

We have to take care of our people. When it comes to health, it's not just health, it's financial wellbeing. Another piece of that is that prescription drug costs are soaring. I want to cap prescription drug costs. When you're making decisions on how to prioritize providing for your family, typically you're going to provide for your kids before you think about yourself, so people aren't getting the prescriptions they need for whatever their health situation may be.
Source: The Claremore Daily Progress on 2020 Oklahoma Senate race Jan 18, 2020

Kevin Stitt: Governor should have more control on Medicaid

Medicaid is the fastest growing expense in our state budget, and before we commit our state to accepting even more Medicaid dollars, Oklahomans deserve accountability and transparency with our state's management of the Healthcare Authority. Oklahoma is the only state in the nation where the governor does not have the authority to provide oversight of this agency. We are sticking out like a sore thumb, and this must change.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Oklahoma legislature Feb 4, 2019

Drew Edmondson: Expand Medicaid to address the state's high uninsured rate

In a debate hosted by KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, both Democrat Drew Edmondson and Republican Kevin Stitt agreed the state's education care system need more money but disagreed over where the funding should come from.

Edmondson promoted his plan to increase the state's gross production tax to 7%, do away with the capital gains tax deduction and increase the cigarette tax by 50 cents, raising an additional $300 million.

"There he goes again," Stitt responded. "It's always about new revenue, new taxes."

The two disagreed on Medicaid expansion, with Edmondson vowing to accept additional federal dollars that would address the state's high uninsured rate.

Stitt said he would make health care spending more efficient but didn't want to expand Medicaid and add to the number of Oklahomans dependent on a government system.

Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial debate Oct 25, 2018

Kevin Stitt: Make Medicaid a trampoline, not a hammock

State Medicaid spending is out of control. Since 2003, our Medicaid spending ballooned 194% from $714M to $2.1B. No other area of the state budget grew as quickly forcing hospitals to cut core services. I will fight to provide options to our families with quality healthcare while protecting our most vulnerable. For those that fall on hard times, Medicaid must be a trampoline, not a hammock. I will put a stop to the fraud, waste and abuse to ensure the health and future of Oklahomans.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial website Jul 4, 2018

Mick Cornett: Wants personal responsibility part of a healthcare approach

Mick believes we must prioritize health and wellness to reduce medical costs and live up to our full potential. Mick led Oklahoma City through a transformational shift in its approach to obesity. Relying on individual responsibility and improving the built environment, Oklahoma City's health statistics have improved in nearly every measurement. Mick wants to create a state that will attract the top doctors and medical care, and he wants all to have access to quality emergency care and hospitals.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign website Jul 4, 2018

Drew Edmondson: Reverse decision and accept Medicaid expansion funds

Every Oklahoman should be free to choose the best health care for themselves. Our governor's decision to reject Medicaid expansion not only robbed tens of thousands of health care, it created an insurance monopoly that robbed Oklahomans of choice and let insurance companies set sky-high rates.˙ It also crippled the ability of our state's rural hospitals to provide care to low-income Oklahomans. Drew Edmondson will reverse our legislature's harmful decision to reject Medicaid expansion funds.
Source: 2018 gubernatorial campaign website Jun 23, 2018

Chris Powell: Oppose ObamaCare

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Strongly oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Joe Maldonado: Expand ObamaCare

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Yes.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Connie Johnson: Get mental health department up to speed by 2020

Q: What is the proper role of government when it comes to dealing with mental health?

Richardson: "I do believe the government has a role to play. And I believe as governor you have to have a heart to truly make a difference in these peoples' lives."

Johnson: "Oklahoma is a traumatized state. The trauma that's going on means we need a department that is up to speed by 2020, when mental health will outweigh physical health as the leading problem facing our society."

Source: Norman Transcript on 2018 Oklahoma governor debate Jan 7, 2018

Gary Richardson: Government has a role to play in mental health care

Q: What is the proper role of government when it comes to dealing with mental health?

Richardson: We truly have to understand the problems that they have and not just excuse it off as something it isn't. I do believe the government has a role to play. And I believe as governor you have to have a heart to truly make a difference in these peoples' lives.

Johnson: We need a department that is up to speed by 2020, when mental health will outweigh physical health as the leading problem facing our society

Source: Norman Transcript on 2018 Oklahoma governor debate Jan 7, 2018

Connie Johnson: Expand Medicaid

I support a fundamental shift from public health as an afterthought to a core, sustained investment in the people of our state. Expand the state's Medicaid program to extend insurance coverage to roughly 150,000 people-- approximately 1 in 5 of the state's uninsured--thus improving health outcomes for Oklahomans while providing relief to hospitals and medical professionals who now provide unpaid services to the uninsured.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Mike Workman: Supports ObamaCare & suffered from pre-existing condition

Cancer survivor Workman announced for this office on March 23, 2016, the 6th anniversary of the 2010 signing of the Affordable Health Care for America Act [ObamaCare]. His "pre-existing condition" had kept him from having health insurance until 2010. After an uninsured family member died in their home from breast cancer in 2009, he and Christene became foster-parents to her grand-daughter that has since brought them a great-grandson born in Tulsa and a great-grand-daughter born in Oklahoma City.
Source: 2016 OK Senate campaign website facebook/Workman-4-Oklahoma Aug 8, 2016

Kevin Stine: Oppose semi-privatization of Medicare

Stine said he criticizes Wyden for joining forces with U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, in seeking semi-privatization of Medicare in 2011 and 2012. If the plan had worked, it would have made it easier to cut Medicare benefits from senior citizens, Stine said.
Source: Medford Mail Tribune on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 21, 2015

James Inhofe: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Inhofe: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Inhofe: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Joe Dorman: Drop the partisan games & Invest in rural telemedicine

Like it or not, healthcare is something that impacts us all at some point. We need a Governor who is willing to drop the partisan games and find pragmatic approaches to ensure Oklahomans can access the healthcare they need. ObamaCare, Medicaid, Medicare, you name it--it's all a mess. No one has the perfect solution, but here's the straight truth: continuously focusing on the politics of health care is helping no one.

I'll use the issue of health care to actually help my fellow Oklahomans. I have long led the push to advance telemedicine programs, providing essential health care service to Oklahoma's rural communities.

I will encourage, with all the weight of my office, for our hospitals and hospital systems to invest in telemedicine so with the click of a mouse you can be connected with the best heart doctors, cancer doctors, mental health professionals and so on. The time for health care politics is over; the time to help Oklahomans is now.

Source: 2014 Oklahoma Gubernatorial campaign website Jul 2, 2014

Matt Silverstein: Don't re-open the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole"

Instead of protecting and preserving these vital programs, Jim Inhofe plans to end Medicare as we know it. By a proposal supported by Jim Inhofe, thousands of Oklahoma's current seniors would see their out of pocket costs increased by nearly $6,000 per year and forced back into the prescription drug "donut hole." Jim Inhofe believes that in order to avoid cutting benefits in the future, we must cut benefits now. Matt will not support policies that require senior's to foot the bill.
Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, Jul 1, 2014

James Lankford: Predicts that ObamaCare will destroy the health-care system

T.W. Shannon has been a consistent foe of the Affordable Care Act; James Lankford was elected in part based on his predictions that ObamaCare would destroy the health-care system and that its mandates boost long-term debt.

In Congress, Lankford fights presidential overreach, including Obama's frequent use of executive orders, from the Legislature. Shannon assails federal interference with legislative state prerogatives and authority. Shannon may position himself as the more conservative and point to Lankford's support for increases in the federal debt limit to bolster his case, but he has more than once had allies "whip" reluctant Republicans into toeing a party line. Lankford has worked with his House leader, but he's the author of a "shutdown prevention" act aimed at future shutdown fights--combining an initial freeze on spending with 1 percent spending reductions every 90 days until a continuing resolution is negotiated.

Source: on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Feb 7, 2014

T.W. Shannon: ObamaCare puts our freedom at risk

I used to believe our freedom was so deeply woven into the fabric of this country, that nothing could ever put it at risk. But over the past six years, much has changed.

ObamaCare. Activist Judges. Reckless Federal Spending. Endless Red-Tape. Burdensome Taxes. Deepening Debt.

The American people are tired, and they want someone who will fight to protect their values. Stand with me in this fight against liberal encroachment on our values and beliefs.

Source: Fundraising press release on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Jan 29, 2014

Mary Fallin: Certified Healthy program; & website for health insurer info

Two years ago [the legislature] passed legislation authorizing the creation of a website where every health insurance plan in the state could be compared side by side. In the coming years, we'll take that idea and build on it, allowing Oklahoma consumers to actually purchase health insurance through an Oklahoma exchange, knowing that the plan they've chosen has the right benefits at the right price. Ultimately, the choice to live healthier and be healthier is just that: a choice.

But I'm happy to say that [we] introduced innovative public-private initiatives like the Certified Healthy Businesses program to encourage healthy living and eating. Currently, over 900 private businesses have become "certified." And I'm excited to see our healthy living initiatives grow to include the Certified Healthy Schools and Certified Healthy Communities programs. By asking our citizens to take responsibility for their own health, we're building a healthier, more prosperous state.

Source: 2011 Oklahoma State of the State Address Feb 7, 2011

Brad Henry: Insure Oklahoma program: coverage for many more Oklahomans

Through the innovative Insure Oklahoma program, we created a partnership with small businesses and their employees to make health coverage affordable for tens of thousands of Oklahomans. This nationally recognized program is a model for states across the country.

We cannot turn back the clock. Insure Oklahoma can provide coverage for many more Oklahomans--if we make the right choices today. We must provide adequate funding for this vital initiative so more Oklahomans can live longer, healthier lives.

Source: Oklahoma 2010 State of the State Address Feb 1, 2010

Andrew Rice: Pay doctors to proactively treat patients; end pay-per-test

Q: In 2007 the government has begun “income relating,” or means testing. Higher income seniors will have to pay more for their doctors’ services and outpatient coverage. Do you support Means Testing?

A: I am concerned about the long range fiscal health of Medicare and I will fight for reform that ensures that seniors continue to have access to quality health care. Some change which I support include:

  1. Requiring government negotiation of lower drug prices.
  2. Paying doctors stipends to proactively treat patients, based on their age and medical conditions, instead of making payments for each test and treatment -- a change that could significantly improve care while reducing spending on unnecessary tests and equipment.
  3. Improving management controls to reduce the $60 billion lost each year to Medicare fraud by physicians, therapists and other suppliers of medical services.
Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to 2008 Oklahoma Senate Debate Oct 10, 2008

Andrew Rice: Access to quality affordable health care for every American

Rice believes that access to quality health care for every American is one of the great moral issues of our time. As US Senator, he will work with the business community, insurance companies, health care providers and patient advocates to ensure that basic health care is affordable to every American worker & their dependent children.

Rice successfully crafted legislation in Oklahoma to expand eligibility for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, allowing 38,000 more children to be covered.

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website “Details” Jul 11, 2008

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