Oklahoma must provide coverage for the residual market, but that doesn't require a designated carrier of last resort. In auto insurance, an assigned risk pool handles residual coverage. In that system, all carriers basically take turns writing residual coverage to equitably share risk.
Policymakers must be mindful that anti-competitive protectionism usually increases consumer costs in the long run. Or it generates unintended consequences when prices are kept artificially low (consider Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's role in causing the Great Recession).
Instead of creating a level playing field and allowing the free market to sort things out, these privatization plans appear to continue tipping the scales in favor of CompSource, setting competitors up for failure. This could steer Oklahoma to near-monopoly control of its workers' comp market — while easing state oversight of the market's biggest player.
Here's an alternative: Treat all companies the same.
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