Lawmakers apparently buy the argument advanced by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, that expansion supporters “are under the false assumption that the government is going to keep its word.”
Republican governors in three other states — Arizona, Michigan and Ohio — are also having trouble getting the expansion approved. Lawmakers are wary of Washington's promises. Once expanded, the Medicaid rolls will force states to pay more over the long term and possibly raise taxes to pay for it.
As the smoke clears on the expansion prairie fire, as many as half the states will have burst the Obamacare bribe balloon. Oklahoma is forging ahead with a study to find alternatives to expansion, as Arkansas has done. This is temporarily taking the heat off Fallin.
What's happening in other states under Republican control may have given Fallin a lot of breathing room.