Health Care

Officials say Medicaid harms hospital finances, then seek its expansion anyway

Hospital officials urged members of the bicameral Healthcare Working Group to add up to 628,000 able-bodied adults to Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, even though they said they lose money serving Medicaid patients, the program does not guarantee patients access to treatment, and Medicaid effectively raises the cost of private insurance.

Ray Carter
September 19, 2019
Family & Community

Fears Fellowship welcomes first class

At a dinner event launching the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ first J. Rufus Fears Fellowship, attendees were told the lessons of history that Fears championed, and their relevance for today’s political issues, will be the focus in the weeks ahead.

Ray Carter
September 19, 2019

Law enforcement officials warn court case could divide state

A recent court ruling declared that many tribal reservations were never abolished in Oklahoma and that the federal government—not the state—is the only entity with authority to prosecute certain crimes in those areas. But officials with the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association and Oklahoma District Attorneys Association say the history of Oklahoma’s creation—including the active participation of tribal leaders in that process—shows that is not the case.

Ray Carter
September 18, 2019
Education

Oklahoma parents want the money to follow the child

Yet another scientific survey of Oklahoma voters has found strong support for parental choice in education.

Brandon Dutcher
September 17, 2019
Law & Principles

OCPA debates Electoral College on C-SPAN

OCPA's Trent England was in Colorado a few weeks ago to debate one of the architects of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The event was recorded by C-SPAN.

Staff
September 16, 2019
Higher Education

Facing discrimination claims, OU settles with law professor

The University of Oklahoma has reached a settlement agreement with a law school professor whose Christian beliefs and writings made him the target of hostile articles in the student newspaper last year and resulted in his loss of two administrative positions.

Mike Brake
September 13, 2019

Expert warns of dangers of identity politics

A leading national authority warns that identity politics is “fanning the flames of tribalism, accelerating Balkanization by creating big factions—the oppressed and the non-oppressed—pitting them against one another, and it does all of this under the cover of invoking American ideals and ‘we’re all going to get along one day.’”

Ray Carter
September 12, 2019
Education

Experts: Many trade-offs with class-size limits

While some school lobbying groups continue to call for reducing class sizes, experts told members of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday that class-size reduction is very expensive, the educational benefits are limited, and there may be more beneficial ways to spend taxpayer resources in schools.

Ray Carter
September 11, 2019
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