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“Four years af­ter Mas­sachusetts en­acted its am­bi­tious health­care re­form, the state has achieved its goal: cov­er­ing most of the unin­sured with­out se­ri­ously strain­ing its bud­get. … Mas­sachusetts’ ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers some use­ful lessons for the na­tional re­form ef­fort. That be­gins with the fact that once cit­i­zens have near-uni­ver­sal cov­er­age, they like it—no mat­ter what cur­rent polls and politi­cians may say.”

— New York Times “Some state lead­ers are fre­net­i­cally pur­su­ing ways to block fed­eral health­care re­form from com­ing to Ok­la­homa, and a new poll shows that much of the cit­i­zenry is foursquare be­hind them. This is de­spite the fact that, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent anal­y­sis, Ok­la­homa stands to ben­e­fit greatly from fed­eral health­care re­form. ... An ad­di­tional 250,000 Ok­la­homans … would get health­care cov­er­age in 2014 un­der the new fed­eral re­forms, and the $1 bil­lion an­nual cost of un­com­pen­sated care would be cut in half …. Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers have of­ten pointed out that Ok­la­homans have a ten­dency to vote against their own in­ter­ests. Re­cent events sug­gest that ob­ser­va­tion, un­for­tu­nately, re­mains an ac­cu­rate one.”

— Tulsa (Okla.) World

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