We applaud the effort but must question the motive considering the move comes after nearly a decade of stubborn, partisan refusal to willingly do so. The decision also was announced just two days before petitioners began collecting the estimated 178,000 signatures needed to let voters decide whether to accept federal funds needed to expand the state's Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act.
Passage of State Question 802, should the requisite number of signatures be secured by the
Medicaid expansion would insure an additional 200,000 low-income Oklahomans and bring billions in federal health care dollars back home. Passage certainly would bolster health care in rural areas where hospitals and clinics closed due to decisions made by those who prioritized politics above people.
The goal is laudable, but we hope this delayed legislative response does not deter the efforts of those who waited patiently, but in vain, for lawmakers to act and are petitioning now to put SQ 802 on the ballot. Judging from past experience, it will be difficult to trust that
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