Mon, May 20, 2013 08:47 AM CDT
A few aspects of Obamacare are, per last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, still voluntary for the states. First among these is Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, projected to cost Oklahoma taxpayers a total of $1.6 billion over the next 10 years if implemented.
President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used various methods to bribe, threaten, or otherwise persuade states into accepting Medicaid expansion. It now sees the Insure Oklahoma premium-assistance program as a vehicle for getting the camel’s nose under the tent in Oklahoma.
Insure Oklahoma combines state, federal, and private dollars to provide about 30,000 Oklahomans access to affordable health care through both employer-sponsored and individual plans. The individual plans involve Medicaid funds.