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Some of Oklahoma’s biggest critics of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are asking the president not to cut off Oklahoma’s own government supported insurance program.

“The program is called Insure Oklahoma, and some state Republican officials — particularly Gov. Mary Fallin — have embraced it in the past few years and pushed the Obama administration to keep it alive,” wrote Chris Casteel of The Oklahoman. “The program is now threatened by the Affordable Care Act, the health care law created by a Democratic president and Democratic Congress. And if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act’s system of tax subsidies this month, about 8,000 Oklahomans who had coverage through Insure Oklahoma but were forced into the federal program could be hurt.”

Gov. Fallin has praised the program and urged the federal government to keep it alive. Insure Oklahoma helps small businesses offset the high cost of insurance, while Obamacare assists individuals.

The moral of this story is that helping individuals pay for health insurance is government intrusion. But giving small businesses a break is what the Founding Fathers would have wanted.

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