Deep-red Oklahoma could become first to expand Medicaid during pandemic

Source: POLITICO - View Original Article
Published: Jun 29, 2020
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71% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

96% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Universal Healthcare = 96% Liberal
4% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Universal Healthcare = 4% Conservative
56% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Universal Healthcare = 56% Liberal
44% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Universal Healthcare = 44% Conservative
17% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Infrastructure = 17% Liberal

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81% "Voter turnout is also in question as infection rates surge and the state braces for the possibility of cases stemming from President Donald Trump's recent rally in Tulsa."
71% "In terms of the pandemic, now more than ever people understand that when you need health care, you need it now, said Amber England, the campaign manager behind the ballot measure."
68% "While ballot measures on Medicaid expansion in recent years have succeeded in other Republican strongholds like Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, the Oklahoma vote comes at a volatile time."
62% "The opposition to the Oklahoma ballot initiative is being led by the Oklahoma chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-backed conservative group that recently launched a six-figure digital ad and direct mail campaign arguing that expansion would bankrupt the state."
59% "California Gov. Gavin Newsom paused plans to extend coverage to undocumented seniors, while a deal Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly struck with a key Republican lawmaker to expand Medicaid is on hold."
53% "At least eight Trump staffers working the event last weekend have tested positive for the virus."
-58% "Supporters believe the rise in urgent medical needs during the pandemic will help convince voters to approve it, though there's limited reliable polling before the vote."
-72% "Backers of the measure have adjusted their campaign to the coronavirus era -- hosting socially distanced events like virtual phone banks and happy hours over Zoom -- but they're sticking with messages that resonated with voters in previous expansion referendums."
-78% "That number seems poised to climb higher with the state's unemployment rate surging to nearly 13 percent in recent months."
-82% "The money doesn't just appear, said Stitt, who last month vetoed a bill that would have helped partially pay for the state's share of Medicaid expansion costs by boosting a fee on hospitals."
-85% "Stitt said the levy wouldn't provide a reliable long-term funding stream for the coverage program."
-87% "Meanwhile, the economic fallout from the crisis has prompted other states with Democratic governors to halt major coverage expansions."
-91% "Oklahoma, one of 14 mostly Republican-led states where officials have long refused Obamacare's optional Medicaid expansion, has the nation's second worst uninsured rate at more than 14 percent, behind only Texas."
-92% "If the ballot measure succeeds, it would represent a major win for Democrats, who have been frustrated by the lack of a nationwide effort to expand coverage during the worst public health crisis in a century."
-93% "Campaign organizers, who've spent nearly $2 million on advertising, according to Advertising Analytics, have largely emphasized how Medicaid expansion would improve access to health care."

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83% : The Trump administration has rejected calls to expand health insurance and is still pressing the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare.
81% : Voter turnout is also in question as infection rates surge and the state braces for the possibility of cases stemming from President Donald Trump's recent rally in Tulsa.
71% : "In terms of the pandemic, now more than ever people understand that when you need health care, you need it now," said Amber England, the campaign manager behind the ballot measure.
68% : While ballot measures on Medicaid expansion in recent years have succeeded in other Republican strongholds like Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, the Oklahoma vote comes at a volatile time.
62% : The opposition to the Oklahoma ballot initiative is being led by the Oklahoma chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-backed conservative group that recently launched a six-figure digital ad and direct mail campaign arguing that expansion would bankrupt the state.
59% : California Gov. Gavin Newsom paused plans to extend coverage to undocumented seniors, while a deal Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly struck with a key Republican lawmaker to expand Medicaid is on hold.
56% : Many of them have limited affordable coverage options, since they earn too little to qualify for subsidies to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare marketplace.
53% : At least eight Trump staffers working the event last weekend have tested positive for the virus.
42% : Supporters believe the rise in urgent medical needs during the pandemic will help convince voters to approve it, though there's limited reliable polling before the vote.
28% : Backers of the measure have adjusted their campaign to the coronavirus era -- hosting socially distanced events like virtual phone banks and happy hours over Zoom -- but they're sticking with messages that resonated with voters in previous expansion referendums.
22% : That number seems poised to climb higher with the state's unemployment rate surging to nearly 13 percent in recent months.
18% : "The money doesn't just appear," said Stitt, who last month vetoed a bill that would have helped partially pay for the state's share of Medicaid expansion costs by boosting a fee on hospitals.
17% : During a virtual event hosted by the group this week, Stitt said the state's coronavirus-related budget crunch would make it impossible to pay for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion without raising taxes or cutting services like education or infrastructure.
15% : Stitt said the levy wouldn't provide a reliable long-term funding stream for the coverage program.
13% : Meanwhile, the economic fallout from the crisis has prompted other states with Democratic governors to halt major coverage expansions.
9% : Oklahoma, one of 14 mostly Republican-led states where officials have long refused Obamacare's optional Medicaid expansion, has the nation's second worst uninsured rate at more than 14 percent, behind only Texas.
8% : If the ballot measure succeeds, it would represent a major win for Democrats, who have been frustrated by the lack of a nationwide effort to expand coverage during the worst public health crisis in a century.
7% : Campaign organizers, who've spent nearly $2 million on advertising, according to Advertising Analytics, have largely emphasized how Medicaid expansion would improve access to health care.
5% : Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is warning the program would be unaffordable while the state suddenly confronts an estimated $1.3 billion shortfall.
2% : The ballot measure would extend coverage to poor adults without children earning just about $17,000 per year.

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