Skip to comments.Oklahoma hospital group spearheads campaign to expand Medicaid
Posted on 05/10/2013 6:54:01 AM PDT by oxcart
The group, Oklahomans for a Healthy Economy, has established a website and financed a radio ad that says Washington is about to spend $8.6 billion on health care in Oklahoma and that the money will be spent in other states if Oklahoma rejects it.
Oklahoma needs this money to improve our health care system, to cover more Oklahomans, to reduce the cost of coverage and create over 15,000 jobs, the ad says.
We pay our taxes. This is our money. And we can spend it better than Washington politicians. So let's get together and make a plan for Oklahoma's health care money.
Neither the ad, nor the group's website, uses the word Medicaid, the name of the federal-state health care program for the poor.
The strategy of framing the issue as the rejection or acceptance of federal money rather than pitching it as Medicaid expansion appears to be supported by a recent survey done for the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
That survey, by the Oklahoma City firm CMA strategies, showed 51 percent of those polled said Oklahoma should definitely or probably accept the money, with 35 percent saying the money should definitely be accepted.
Of the 500 Oklahomans polled last week, 30 percent said the money should definitely be turned down, while 4 percent said it should probably be rejected; 15 percent were undecided.
A bare majority of Republicans opposed accepting the money, while a strong majority of Democrats favored it.
A brief analysis of the poll results by CMA Strategies says: When framed not as an expansion of Medicaid, but rather as accepting or rejecting federal money, a majority of Oklahomans favor accepting the money.
Fallin rejected expansion
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All this “healthcare” bull**** under the Barry Benghazi regime isn’t about “healthcare” at all. It’s about “jobs” (SEIU) and “healthy economies”. What a crock. Try not to get injured or sick.
“spearheading” is kind of a violent approach. Are they threatening to kill opposition?
Oklahomans for a Healthy Economy is mostly funded by the Oklahoma Hospital Association, who would most benefit from Medicaid expansion.
According to one Oklahoma M.D.:
“These ads are funded by those who would benefit from more taxpayer Medicaid lootthe big hospitals... On the one hand, they claim that Medicaid payments (more than what we have listed online) are killing their profits, set way below their costs forcing them to shift the losses to other patients/payers.
“On the other hand they want to expand this program. This is kind of like, “..our emergency room is a loss leader, but we are going to build on to it. None of this adds up.
“Even our local media, heavily funded by corporate medicine, has turned on the hospitals, one media outlet recently characterizing the Obamacare vehicle these hospitals want so badly, as a Ford Pinto. The editorial in the Sunday Oklahoman asks essentially if Oklahomans want to ride as a passenger in such a vehicle.”
They should stop smoking, curb risky behavior, get some exercise and eat less. It's free.
Throw in profits for hospitals. Part of the bribe to get the healthcare industry to embrace the ACA was to expand the pool of covered patients on which the hospitals would not incur bad debt expense. No expanded medicaid in a given state, decreased profits for the hospitals in those states. There are rumors of pending litigation against Niki Haley by South Carolina's hospital association to force her to expand SC's medicaid program. Always follow the money.
Hey Oklahoma! Take the long view. The government is bankrupt. Yes, they can give you lots of goodies and jobs now, but what about five years from now? 10 years? Who pays the bills then?
We in South Carolina looked at this, had some nonpartisan actuaries project the figures, and told nobama to take his exchange and shove it up the puckered part of his body.
Don’t be stupid, shortsighted and intrigued by the shiny thing.