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Rally for Medicaid expansion was respectful

Published: March 17, 2013

In “Fight over Medicaid is a clash of visions” (Point of View, March 6), Brandon Dutcher referred to those who hosted the Medicaid expansion rally at the state Capitol as the “organized left.” The Coalition for Medicaid Expansion is a loosely confederated group of progressive/populist organizations that found each other following Gov. Mary Fallin's rejection of Medicaid expansion last November. For the record, it took little effort to find 5,000 signatories for the petition requesting that the governor accept Medicaid expansion. Social media make such a task easy; it certainly wasn't difficult finding individuals and families who would be impacted as a result of the governor's decision. More than 180,000 Oklahomans are affected.

Finally, many concerned citizens wanted to make their objections in person at the rally and visit with their legislators that day. The rally was a respectful, nonpartisan event. I'm proud to part of an organization, Change Oklahoma, that participated in it. Change Oklahoma plans to continue the effort to implore Fallin to change her mind on behalf of the working poor of Oklahoma.

Susan McCann, Edmond


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