Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma believe that the plan will provide much-needed federal support to rural hospitals that have long struggled in the state, and after the emergence of the coronavirus, the hospital was further hit by the reduction of selection procedures . Since 2016, six hospitals in the state have been closed and eight others have declared bankruptcy.
Emily Virgin, leader of the minority party in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said: “We can hardly bear it.”
The results of Oklahoma’s vote will be closely watched in Missouri, and on August 4, voters will also vote to expand the state’s Medicaid program. The Republican governor Mike Parson, who will be re-elected in November, strongly opposes the voting measure. The organizers of the Missouri ballot measure also focused their messaging on the plight of hospitals in the state, especially in rural areas. According to the hospital association of the state, 1
0 hospitals in Missouri have closed since 2014.
Jack Cardetti, a spokesperson for the voting initiative, said: “This is to ensure that Missouri people can access health care in their communities.”
Extended supporters alsoObserve how Oklahoma’s increasing coronavirus infection rate affects voting. The state’s election commission recommends (but does not require) that pollsters and voters wear masks. Voting by mail is also widely permitted, but election law experts say that requiring the state to notarize it or attach copies of government-issued IDs may reduce turnout rates, especially in low-income communities that directly benefit from expansion.
Joseph Anthony, visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, said: “Unless you can fill in the ballot on the kitchen table and put it in the mailbox, it will be more difficult.” and the right to vote. “All these things are heavy.”
The chairman of the state’s Union of Women Voters, Jan Largent, said that the number of ordinary absentee votes calling for a vote on June 30 was four times that of the state’s primary elections.
She said: “People are determined to go out and vote for 802,” she said.