Support for an OK Health Care Exchange
The State Chamber of Commerce supports the idea of Oklahoma creating its own health care exchange to comply with the national health care law.
The State Chamber wants to see Oklahoma put together its own health care exchange rather than it being put together by the federal government.
Gwendolyn Caldwell, VP of Government Affairs, says Oklahomans would rather have an exchange which fits our needs.
“We know what’s best for our state. I think we’re a very populist state, and we would always have our own destiny in our hands and have our own solutions than have one put on us from the federal government.”
A deadline to come up with a plan to create an exchange has been extended by the Obama Administration from November 16th to December 14th.
Seven states including Texas and Kansas have announced they won’t create a health care exchange.
The State Chamber supported a bill to start the exchange process last spring but a push back from conservative groups killed it.
Governor Fallin turned down $54 million from the federal government to help Oklahoma set up its exchange.
Fallin is currently attending a Republican Governor’s Association meeting and is expected to make some kind of announcement on her return.