( – promoted by OKWatchdog)
We’ve all been following the national health care debate. But what most people don’t realize is that state governments have many of the same powers at their disposal as Congress and will be called upon to implement whatever Congress passes.
So, shameless plug alert: You can help influence what we do as a state by attending an Oklahomans for Health Care Reform town hall meeting Thursday at Metro Tech, Springlake Campus, from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be the sixth and final town hall meeting we conduct. We will then begin compiling people’s stories and survey results and write a report to give to legislators before next session, as well as draft a legislative agenda.
To do this, we need you there.
Previous meetings have been in Noble, Lawton, Muskogee, Stillwater and Broken Arrow.
The format will be open, with audience members sharing their stories and suggesting solutions to make Oklahomans healthier and provide better access to care. We moderate the discussions but depend on the audience and legislators to keep things interesting.
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa; and Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, attended our last meeting and had very different views on health care reform. It made for a worthwhile two hours.
Oklahomans for Health Care Reform is nonpartisan and focuses on state-specific solutions rather than waiting for Congress to act.
WHO: Oklahomans for Health Care Reform (www.okhealthcarereform.com)
WHAT: Last in a series of town-hall meetings throughout the state
WHERE: Metro Tech, Spring Lake Campus, 36th & MLK Blvd., OKC
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov 5