Jonathan Small | May 24, 2017
Statement regarding House Bill 2406
Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding House Bill 2406:
"Based on our review, this legislation does not appear to authorize or open the door for any expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Oklahoma. This is not a comment on the merits of the bill, only that it does not appear to authorize Medicaid expansion.
"We are thankful that the majority of state lawmakers in Oklahoma have continually maintained their vigilance against any voluntary aspects of Obamacare, including the ACA Medicaid expansion. Despite years of unrelenting pressure, they have stood firm, and they have been proven correct for doing so."
Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.