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Oklahoma lawmaker's plan puts states in charge of health care

Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford wants congressional approval of compact signed by Oklahoma and seven other states to shed federal health care rules.
by Chris Casteel Modified: February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm •  Published: February 11, 2014

At the time, state Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City, called the bill “the biggest fairy tale I have ever seen.”

“It's a feel-good piece of legislation ... so we can thumb our nose at Washington,” Inman said then.

Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Utah have joined the compact, an initiative of a group called the Health Care Compact Alliance, a private nonprofit organization that does not disclose its financial backers.

The Republican-controlled House has voted more than 40 times in the past three years to repeal or replace parts of Obamacare, but most of those efforts have died in the Senate.

“States that like their Obamacare can keep their Obamacare,” Lankford said. “The Health Care Compact simply gives a state like Oklahoma the option to create a customized system that better meets the needs of Oklahoma families.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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