The business community has waited a long time for workers’ comp reform. Incremental steps to achieve reform haven’t gotten the job done. The fix being proposed isn’t a panacea. Nor is it a devastating blow to the rights of injured workers — as “Oklahoma Works” and other reform opponents would have you believe.
We would have more respect for the anti-reform forces if they would come clean and admit that they’re funding the emotion-laden campaign because they stand to lose money if reform is enacted. The state as a whole stands to gain money from reform by making the system less adversarial and by communicating to the nation that Oklahoma is a state that wants businesses to prosper rather than see revenues soaked up by workers’ comp attorneys.