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Oklahoma Says No

Recorded on April 15, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

State governments typically love to accept money from the federal government. But later they often realize there were strings attached that lock them into federal control or dictates for more state spending.

So it's refreshing that the State of Oklahoma and Governor Mary Fallin have just said no to $54-million from the federal government. Why? Because it's Obamacare money and accepting it could lead to federal dictates later.

Instead, Oklahoma will find other funds to create a state clearinghouse—an exchange—where people can shop for insurance. Using Obamacare money could open the door for future federal control. The state is already challenging Obamacare in court, so why let it come in the backdoor?

Federal money is not free; it either comes from the taxpayers or it's borrowed and drives up the national debt. It's nice to see Oklahoma recognize that fact.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.