OKLAHOMA CITY — Reaction to the healthcare decision is pouring in from all over Oklahoma.
Gov. Mary Fallin said she’s extremely frustrated by the Supreme Court ruling.
“I think it’s a bad day for Americans,” Gov. Fallin said.
Fallin made it clear she’s disappointed the Supreme Court let the President’s plan stand.
“It is more bureaucracy and more big government, taking away patient choice,” Fallin said.
Leaders in the Oklahoma State House previously turned down $54 million in federal money to help set up a state insurance exchange.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma’s opposition has left the state behind the curve moving forward.
“I don’t think it was a mistake to turn back the federal money. I think it was the right decision for the state of Oklahoma. Now we’ll see what our options are and see what we need to do,” Fallin said.
“There are a wide variety of requirements for employers, who are struggling to carry out changes already, and some of the biggest changes are yet to come,” American Fidelity’s Susan Relland said.
Relland said the Supreme Court ruling will also force companies to move forward figuring out ways to meet the new healthcare mandates, many of which don’t take effect until 2014, even though a majority of workers though likely won’t notice much difference.
“If employers continue providing health coverage, they probably won’t notice that anything has changed significantly in 2014,” Relland said.
“My concern is the expansion of the federal government’s role,” attorney Robert McCampbell said.
While he personally disagrees with the supreme court ruling, attorney McCampbell said the decision does proves the legal system can and should run outside the political arena.
“A Supreme Court justice has to set aside politics and make a ruling based on the law,” McCampbell said.
For her part, Gov. Fallin does not expect to call for a special session of the legislature to address how the state will move forward.