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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is working!

August 27, 2014

This article was published in the Duncan Banner August 27, 2014.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Working!
How do we know it is working? Politicians who braved a firestorm for approving the Affordable Care Act are now endorsing the Law. Even the more level headed newscasters and talk-show hosts are admitting the Affordable Care Act is working and is here to stay.
What we need to make the desires of progressive/populist Presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack
Obama, is a permanent and all encompassing health care law which is effective in all states.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act needs adjusting so that when fully implemented by ALL 50 states, ALL citizens of the United States and Territories have medical coverage without fear of repeals or reforms! Let no politician keep our citizens from having the best health care in the world. U.S. Congress must raise us up from the bottom of the scale of health coverage within the industrialized countries! To refuse us that benefit will assuredly create the “death panel,” widely prophesied by the Right during the period prior to the Affordable Care Act being signed into Law.
As the Law is now interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, states are “allowed” to refuse to expand their Medicaid programs. By a previous Federal Court mandate, all states had to set up some method to provide healthcare for their citizenry in need. Unfortunately, that program “allowed” some states to set very high thresholds for coverage eligibility which left a large portion of their citizens without health coverage of any kind. This part of the Affordable Car Act needs to be strengthened to overturn both courts’ decisions.
In Oklahoma, an estimated 160 Thousand people have no health care coverage due to Governor Fallin’s and the Republican-led Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid. There is no true figure regarding how many are without insurance because they also neglected to set up an Insurance Market Place. They have also neglected to share information with Oklahomans about the Federal Insurance Market Place and where individuals may find instructions on how to apply for insurance through the Federal Market Place Insurance Program, healthcare.gov. To enroll for health insurance, the next open enrollment period to obtain health insurance through the Federal Marketplace is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Whether or not there will be a Federal Marketplace after the November 2014 national elections depends on who returns to or becomes a new face in the U.S. Congress on January 1, 2015. With the Affordable Care Act in its present form, and Oklahoma’s Executive and Legislative branches unchanged, Medicaid (Sooner Care) will not be expanded and Insure Oklahoma, currently with a long waiting list of hopeful individuals, will still be a drastically under-funded program!
On November 4, 2014, registered voters of Oklahoma have the opportunity to place in the Governor’s office a person who supports expanding this state’s Medicaid program and insuring medical coverage to every qualified Oklahoman under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. At the same time, voters have an opportunity to send a Senator to the United States Senate who also believes that government needs to create pathways for everyone to benefit from the best health care that science and the medical world can provide!
If you are eligible to vote but not registered, your VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION must be received by the Stephens County Election Board, lower level of the Court House, not later than 5:00 P.M., October 10, 2014. Voter Registration Applications may be obtained at the Elections Office, any Post Office or TAG Office.
EXTRACTED FROM VOTER REGISTRTRATION APPLICATION:
Who Can Register – You can register to vote if you are a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Oklahoma, and 18 years old or older.
Felons – A convicted felon may not register for a period of time equal to the time of the original sentence. A felon who has been pardoned may register.

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