Doak Supports Gov. Fallin's Decision to Reject a State-Based Exchange

Nov 19, 2012, 17:29 ET from Oklahoma Insurance Department

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announced Monday that he backs Gov. Mary Fallin's decision not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange for Oklahoma.

"I fully support the Governor's choice to forego a state-based exchange," said Doak. "Oklahomans have been very clear about Obamacare. They don't want it. An overwhelming majority, 65 percent, voted to outlaw individual mandates in 2010. That opposition is just as strong today. In the past two weeks, my office has been flooded with calls from concerned citizens who say they are adamantly against a state-based exchange. I think we should listen to them."

Commissioner Doak also said he supports Attorney General Scott Pruitt's pending lawsuit challenging the implementation of certain provisions of Obamacare.

"Attorney General Pruitt's lawsuit gives me great hope," said Doak. "It could deal a serious blow to the future of this overreaching law. Obamacare puts the nation's fiscal stability at risk and violates the rights of individuals and states. We all agree that our health insurance system needs improvement, but we need to come up with state-based health care solutions that improve the lives of Oklahoma families without sacrificing their individual liberties."

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SOURCE Oklahoma Insurance Department