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Oklahoma church leaders lobby for healthcare expansion

Oklahoma church leaders lobby for healthcare expansion

An ecumenical group of religious leaders asked Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma state Legislature to reconsider their refusal to use federal funds provided in the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.

Carla Hinton at NewsOK reports:

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches, a group of 16 Christian faith organizations in Oklahoma, submitted a “pastoral letter” to Fallin’s office regarding her decision last year to reject Medicaid expansion funding through the federal Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, gave a brief statement outlining clergy leaders’ concerns at a news conference Thursday at the Capitol.

“I think we need to look past the politics of this and look at what it is that they’re really trying to accomplish. Let’s look at the moral aspects,” Konieczny said.

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