For Immediate Release: November 2, 2009
Sen. Jim Reynolds Sen.
Senators Reynolds/Coates Say Oklahoma Job
Healthcare Provisions Must Be Removed
Two Republican State Senators are sounding the alarm
bell today regarding both versions of national healthcare reform
that would devastate at least one new health care facility in Oklahoma
City and cost Oklahoma County and surrounding environs over 500
State Sen. Jim Reynolds and Sen. Harry Coates say both the Baucus
and Pelosi versions would financially devastate many top-quality
health care facilities, including the one Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s
South Campus, which is set to open soon at I-240 and Sooner Road.
Begun in 2007, the current health care versions would financially
undermine the facility by denying the facility federal reimbursement
for services, such as Medicare and Medicaid. The new facility resides
in Sen. Reynolds’ district.
“This facility, which cost $98 million, is nearly completed.
It was built in order to improve the health of the citizens of the
area, many of whom are elderly and many of whom have served this
country. It is simply unconscionable to punish Oklahomans and Americans
with this backdoor attempt to financially destroy a facility dedicated
to saving lives,” Sen. Reynolds says. “It is an obscene
provision, and it makes me wonder how much more obscene provisions
lurk in the mammoth versions of these bills.”
According to Consumer reports, the Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s
Northwest Oklahoma City facility is Oklahoma’s top rated hospital.
A joint venture of Mercy Hospital, Midwest City Regional and a group
of local physicians, the facility will serve much of southeast Oklahoma
County along with hundreds of active-duty military and veterans.
“This is simply and fundamentally unfair,” says Senator
Coates, R-Seminole, who was asked to intervene by several veteran’s
groups after news of the provisions began to filter down from Washington.
“To deny high-quality health care for those who wear the uniforms
of our nation’s armed services, their families and our nation’s
veterans is a disgrace. Petty partisan politics and health care
turf battles need not be played-out in the healthcare reform effort
underway in Washington, and I call on President Obama to intercede
to ensure this unjust and unfair provision is removed from the final
version of the bill.”
Both Sen. Coates and Sen. Reynolds plan to ask Gov. Henry, an early
supporter of President Obama’s candidacy in 2008, to intercede
quickly to remove the onerous provisions.
For more information contact:
Sen. Reynolds: 405-521-5522
Sen. Coates - 405-521-5547