Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

Oklahomans May be Required to View an Ultrasound Prior to Getting an Abortion…and may Have a Harder time Finding a Doctor to Do It.

March 12, 2008

–Legislation requiring abortion clinics to provide a woman with an ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy passed the House today.

House Bill 3144, by Rep. Lisa Billy, expands on pro-life legislation passed in 2006 that required abortion doctors to tell a woman she had a right to a free ultrasound at an off-site location. This legislation would require the ultrasound to be available at the clinic where the abortion would be performed.

This bill is needed to give women as much information as possible to ensure she does not later regret her decision, said Billy.

“There is nothing more important we can do here in the Legislature than protect the lives of innocent children,” said Billy, R-Purcell. “This bill will further prepare every woman who is about to make a life-altering decision. When a woman has all the information in her hands, she will walk out of that clinic confident in her choice.”

The bill passed the House with a vote of 88-11 and will now move to the Senate for consideration.

The Oklahoma State Senate passed key pro-life legislation that provides protection to pro-life healthcare providers.

Senate Bill 1878 by Senator Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, creates the Freedom of Conscience Act, which protects the rights of healthcare providers to refuse to take part in the destruction of human life.

Protection under this legislation is provided to employees or prospective employees who have objections, based on their religious conviction or moral code, to such scenarios as participating in or performing an abortion, stem cell research, or euthanasia.

“The bipartisan effort made to allow this legislation to pass is to be applauded,” said Senator Lamb. “Pro-life healthcare providers deserve protection for their moral or religious convictions, and Senate Bill 1878 does just that.”

Senate Bill 1878 will now move to the House for consideration.

Why Don’t we Just Ban Smoking Inside the State of Oklahoma? (And put everyone on a diet, while we’re at it!)

February 19, 2008

Next the state will try to ban smoking in individuals’ cars and homes as well, said Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) who proposed an amendment to SB 1875 that would have simply banned all smoking within the state of Oklahoma, but the measure failed when the members of the committee – including Brogdon – refused to vote on the amendment.

Senate Bill 1875 passed the Senate Business and Labor Committee, and will move to the Senate. This bill reinforces current smoking bans, and expands the bans to bars, casinos and racetracks.

This legislation is part of a growing trend nationally by government officials to assume the responsibility for the personal health habits of its citizens. As previously noted by OKPNS, such smoking bans are becoming more common. In California, there is a move toward smoke-free apartments and condos.

Other health habits are under scrutiny, as well, as Mississippi’s House of Representatives is currently considering legislation to prohibit restaurants from serving obese customers and New York City Restaurants are banned from using trans fats.

Closer to home, Tulsa and Oklahoma City launched the Mayors’ Fitness Challenge, which is part of the national Mayors’ Healthy Cities Campaign, by the United States Conference of Mayors. At least participation in these tax-payer-funded programs is voluntary for citizens – for now.

Oklahoma City’s Going on a Diet…?

February 5, 2008

Can you put an entire city on a diet? Mayor Mick Cornett is trying to do exactly that, on a program called OKC Million:

Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions and Oklahoma City wants to lead the way to a healthier nation. I invite all citizens of Oklahoma City to join up on this Web site and become healthier for a lifetime.

My goal in establishing this initiative is to bring awareness to the problem, introduce programs to help cure it, and inspire all citizens to become healthier and lose weight.

There are programs for Oklahoma City residents of all ages, and and even a meter to keep track of how many pounds enrollees have lost.

Last year, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor had a similar program, called the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge for Tulsans:

I challenge kids, parents, and everyone in Tulsa to make fitness and health a top priority in your lives. You don’t have to become a marathon runner to achieve a fitter lifestyle — just get up and get moving!

Parents, be good role models for your kids: shoot some hoops, take a walk in the park, or take them for a bike ride along one of Tulsa’s great trails. And then provide your family with healthy, nutritious foods every day.

When we are active and consistently eating well-balanced meals, we will enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. Join me today in getting fit and healthy for life!

These two city-wide campaigns are part of the larger state-wide Mayors’ Fitness Challenge, and now part of the national Mayors’ Healthy Cities Campaign, by the United States Conference of Mayors.

Illegals Lose Medicaid Coverage….Mostly White

December 14, 2007
Well it seems as though Rep. Terrill’s bill is working. Now some of you may call me a cold hearted b*stard, but the fact of the matter is people knew the law was going into effect on December 1. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in this day and age. Maybe people will get serious about complying with the law and stop whining and show proof of citizenship. If its good for the goose, its good for the gander too. OKPNS can prove that it is an actual citizen can you?

OKLAHOMA CITY — Almost 6,000 Oklahoma residents — most of them white and most of them children — lost Medicaid coverage on Dec. 1 because of a failure to prove citizenship, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority said Thursday.

The OHCA said 5,841 people were dropped from SoonerCare — Oklahoma’s version of Medicaid — because they failed to meet federal proof-of-citizenship requirements. Of those, 58 percent are white, 18 percent black, 13 percent American Indian, 10 percent Hispanic and 1 percent Asian.

Sixty-two percent of those losing coverage were children, according to an OHCA press release.

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Healthy Americans Act Not Freedom Says Tom Coburn

October 30, 2007

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, says the Healthy Americans Act’s mandate for insurance “is not freedom.”

Coburn has his own plan, which he is sponsoring with North Carolina GOP Sen. Richard Burr, which would change the tax code to give every person the refundable tax credit for health care. They could purchase insurance through their employer or go out and get it on their own. States could create a blanket plan to cover those who don’t sign up on their own. Those who fell into this default plan wouldn’t be penalized, but they would have a high deductible, making them responsible for a sizable chunk of the final bill.

Both of these proposals would provide financial incentives for people to get preventive health care.

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Senator Tom Coburn: The Doctor Of Truth

September 30, 2007