Oklahoma Republicans bemoan decision upholding subsidies

Oklahoma Republicans bemoan decision upholding subsidies

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Oklahoma Republican leaders have stated their disappointment after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the federal tax subsidies of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Thursday's 6-3 decision was welcome news for the nearly 90,000 Oklahomans who receive the subsidies, which are intended to make health insurance affordable.

Oklahoma is one of 34 states where the subsidies were threatened because the state didn't set up a state-based health insurance marketplace. Oklahomans purchased their insurance through a federal exchange and opponents argued the subsidies were not allowed because there is no state-based health exchange.

"As I and others have argued for years, states need flexibility to pursue their own health care solutions tailored to the needs of their constituents; Obamacare does the opposite by pursuing one-size-fits-all policies. Health care decisions need to be left to doctors and patients; Obamacare erodes that relationship and replaces it with decisions made by bureaucrats. Successful health care reform would make health care less expensive and would focus on improved health; but Obamacare has led to ballooning insurance premiums shouldered by hardworking families without corresponding improvements in health outcomes," Governor Mary Fallin said in a statement.

"I have opposed Obamacare from day one and I am profoundly disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision. Obamacare continues to be a nightmare for millions of Americans who are facing higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer health care options," said Sen. James Lankford.

But Norman baker Kelli Smith says she's relieved to learn she won't lose her $99 monthly subsidy.