Connie Johnson on Health Care
Get mental health department up to speed by 2020
Q: What is the proper role of government when it comes to dealing with mental health?
Richardson: "I do believe the government has a role to play. And I believe as governor you have to have a heart to truly make a difference in these peoples' lives."
Johnson: "Oklahoma is a traumatized state. The trauma that's going on means we need a department that is up to speed by 2020, when mental health will outweigh physical health as the leading problem facing our society."
Source: Norman Transcript on 2018 Oklahoma governor debate
, Jan 7, 2018
I support a fundamental shift from public health as an afterthought to a core, sustained investment in the people of our state. Expand the state's Medicaid program to extend insurance coverage to roughly 150,000 people--
approximately 1 in 5 of the state's uninsured--thus improving health outcomes for Oklahomans while providing relief to hospitals and medical professionals who now provide unpaid services to the uninsured.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Senatorial website ConnieForGovernor.com
, Oct 15, 2017
Expand ObamaCare; finish what we began
Q: Do you support or oppose expanding ObamaCare?
A: Strongly support. Improvements and expansion are absolutely needed to the end that we finish what we began: making sure all people have access to quality and affordable healthcare.
Source: Email interview on 2014 Okla. Senate race with OnTheIssues
, Sep 25, 2014
Improve ObamaCare and take advantage of its benefits
Even though Oklahoma is not participating in the Affordable Care Act--refusing to expand Medicaid or to create state health insurance exchanges--Oklahomans still benefit from key provisions in the ACA that Connie supports.
Connie recognizes that the ACA does nothing to address rising health care costs. As our US Senator, she will work to improve
the ACA, by advocating for additional cost controls and provisions that address the unique needs of young adults and other specialized groups. Oklahomans deserve nothing less than access to affordable, quality health care.
Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, cj4ok.com
, Jun 25, 2014
- The ACA improves access
to insurance coverage and, therefore, care. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Oklahomans will no longer lose coverage because of a catastrophic health event.
- The ACA promotes health and wellness through
free preventive screenings.
- The ACA means Oklahoma's young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26.
Page last updated: Jun 15, 2018