On Thursday, Congresswoman
"I hear from far too many Oklahomans who can't afford the health care they need. Today,
"The answer to solving our state's health care crisis is straightforward: we must expand Medicaid. By not expanding Medicaid,
"Instead, the Administration and our Governor are proposing an alternative plan to turn SoonerCare into a block grant program.
"The plan to block-grant Medicaid would encourage cuts to health care services, restrict access to health care providers and lifesaving medications, and contribute to hospital closures. Too often, block grants are also misused for political pet projects and to fill holes in the budget.
"While we are still learning the specifics of the block grant plan, here's what we do know: More than 500,000 children rely on SoonerCare, and their insurance would be threatened by the plan to cap and slash Medicaid. That takes our health care in the wrong direction.
"Enough is enough - it is time for
Video of the Congresswoman's speech is available here (https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4855164/user-clip-rep-horn-speaks-medicaid-expansion-block-grant-plan).