Oklahoma Governor Proposes Alternative To Federal Health Care Law

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, 9:00 pm
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has announced a proposed alternative to President Obama's health care law, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Governor Fallin sent a letter to state lawmakers Tuesday asking them to pass House Bill 2130.

The measure would create an Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange, which Fallin says would help avoid the forced implementation of the federal health care law in Oklahoma.

Fallin says under the state exchange model, private insurance would be sold to meet individual needs, insurers would compete to promote choices for consumers, and the free-market would work to lower costs.

"Unlike the federal exchange Washington may try to force on us, the exchange we are trying to build offers a positive, free-market alternative to the big government, tax-and-spend plan that is the PPACA," Fallin said in the letter.

Read the full letter from Governor Mary Fallin

The federal health insurance exchange goes into effect in 2013 for all 50 states, except those that have started their own state-based exchanges.