Oklahoma voters approve Medicaid expansion as coronavirus cases climb
The background: Deep-red Oklahoma had been one of just 14 states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid under Obamacare and has the nation’s second-highest uninsured rate, behind Texas. But even top Republican officials in Oklahoma recently acknowledged the state would eventually expand Medicaid coverage — it was just a question of how.
Supporters of the ballot measure focused on how Medicaid expansion would increase health care access in Oklahoma and help save the state’s struggling rural hospitals after a run of closures. Opponents contended the program would bankrupt the state, especially during a pandemic that’s whacked Oklahoma’s budget.
Ballot organizers said the coronavirus crisis would help make their case for expanding Medicaid. The average number of new cases in Oklahoma has…