LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We have a growing healthcare crisis in Oklahoma

When it comes to our seniors, the disabled, and the middle class we have a growing healthcare crisis in Oklahoma. Soon, Insurance Commissioner John Doak may be able to consider a rule change that will allow short-term insurance plans, currently capped at three months, to be sold for up to a year and to possibly be renewable. If he implements these changes, we will continue to see massive increases in the premiums we pay in the Obamacare exchanges in Oklahoma.

The Trump Administration’s willingness to cut regulation, lower taxes, and send power back to the States is fantastic. Recently, the US economy passed Hong Kong as the most competitive in the world. What Trump voters haven’t gotten, however, is a full repeal of Obamacare as promised. Instead, we have received a series of half measures that have whittled away the power of Obamacare but has not removed all of the onerous regulations. We have only seen premiums in the exchanges continue to skyrocket.  We don’t need another attempt at patchwork solutions.

When our government leaves Obamacare in place to extend short-term plans that draw healthy people out of the exchanges, thus driving up premiums, we are only hurting the most vulnerable among us. We’re also placing an undue burden on taxpayers to shoulder the costs. The Insurance Department should consider the issue carefully before allowing more healthy Oklahomans to exit the exchange markets, leaving all of us on the hook for the costs. We want a full repeal of Obamacare that will create a legitimate free market in healthcare. We cannot sacrifice those least fortunate among us for a good headline, that ultimately will cause more problems than it solves. 


Daren Ward  

Daren Ward


Oklahoma County Republican Party

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