OKLAHOMA CITY -- House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, issued the following statement after Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed Senate Bill 1046, which provided a significant portion of the funding necessary to implement the governor’s own Soonercare 2.0 healthcare plan.
“More than 540,000 Oklahomans don’t have health insurance,” Virgin said. “While the governor looks for the right time to do something about our ballooning healthcare crisis, Oklahomans will continue to go without the care they need because they can’t afford to go to the doctor.
"For nearly a decade, Oklahomans have watched other states accept federal dollars and expand coverage for their citizens while Oklahoma Republicans have offered nothing but political talking points.
"In fact, Oklahoma Republicans did not present a plan to address our state’s uninsured crisis until Governor Stitt presented one this past February. Then he vetoed it.
"As a state, we cannot wait another decade for Republicans and Governor Stitt to find ‘the right time’ to bring home federal healthcare dollars. Fortunately, we don’t have to. In a bit more than a month, through an election, Oklahoma citizens will get to decide if it’s ‘the right time’ to expand health coverage. Let’s all hope that the people of this state will show more empathy than the majority party has for the hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans without insurance.”