|By Wayne Greene, Tulsa World, Okla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Meanwhile, her administration seems to be opening the door to the possibility that the state will establish a state-based health insurance exchange, an issue that had seemed to be resolved.
The federal law -- "Obamacare" to its critics -- would provide
The federal government would pay for 100 percent of the cost of newly eligible
But when the
The re-election of President
"The governor did say she would make a decision sometime after the election, when it was more clear what the future of the ACA would be," said
Fallin is being lobbied heavily on the issue.
Hospital and business leaders, including the Tulsa Metro Chamber, are pushing her to accept the funding, arguing that otherwise
But others -- most prominently U.S. Sen.
Advocates for accepting the federal funding say Fallin's continued consideration of the issue is encouraging.
"We're fervently hoping that she will accept the expansion so we can accommodate additional folks," said
About 55 percent of Morton's patients are uninsured. While the federal government provides about a quarter of the facility's funding, that federal funding hasn't risen in about 15 years.