Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has rejected the multimillion-dollar Federal grant that comes with the acceptance of the Federal Health Plan, as she noted that accepting the money would lead to entangling regulations, The Washington Times reported.
The Governor decided to turn down the $54 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Services, noting that the move would allow Oklahoma to bypass a Federal exchange when the State sets up a system that would be governed by the private sector, according to the newspaper.
“You just told us you want us to have some leeway to develop innovative systems, but yet you’re tying our hands,” Fallin said during a meeting with officials in the Administration of President Barack Obama. “In the end, they’re going to have specific things we have to meet.”
Fallin has noted that she and several other GOP governors are waiting for the current healthcare law to be appealed, and possibly overturned by the Supreme Court, reported the Times.
While she has refused Federal funds for healthcare, Fallin has noted that the cuts that have been made in the recent weeks will negatively affect her State. Oklahoma may be severely hampered by the lack of money that has been designated for highway programs and education, according to Bloomberg.