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Welcome

to the online home of Oklahomans for Universal Health Care!

Many Oklahomans are concerned about the state of health care in Oklahoma and what to do about it. Conditions aren't too healthy. 20% of Oklahomans live without health insurance.

Oklahoma ranks no. 43 for employers who offer health care benefits, meaning close to half offer none at all. Some who do expect their employees to pay fees that are impossible to afford. It's felt here that universal health care is the best way to increase access to health care for all in Oklahoma and America. For ideas on what to do see a Wisconsin plan for universal health care.

Oklahomans for Universal Health Care is headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It participates with Universal Action Network (UHCAN), a nationwide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all through education, strategy development and advocacy.


Universal Health Care a Moral, Fiscal Priority

In quoting Bertrand Russell, "Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else," co-founder of Oklahomans for Universal Health Care, Ron Dubois (pictured) wrote a noteworthy piece on the need for universal health care. Read about it here.

U.S. Health Care Quality Disproportionate to Cost

Citizens of no other nation with universal health care would understand the bizarre health care concepts Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton have proposed. None would understand "purchasing affordable healthcare." They would think fining parents who don't buy health care for their children to be eccentric. They would think the idea of forcing people to buy health insurance strange indeed. More...

Mythbusting Canadian Health Care


Our Health Care Disgrace

(From the January 25, 2007 Oklahoma Observer.)

It is no surprise to hear that the U.S. health care system is in shambles. Health care costs are increasing faster than wages and nearly 47 million Americans - eight million of whom are children - are uninsured. Millions more are underinsured.

Oklahoma has 700,000 uninsured, including nearly one out of every three children. Yet, we continue to spend more on health care per person than any other country, including countries that provide health care coverage to their entire citizenry.

According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, health spending last year was at least 24% higher than that of Luxembourg (the second highest spending country) and over 90% higher than countries considered global competitors. Our health care system spending is not buying us superior health. Americans on average die at a younger age compared to the average age of death of comparable nations. Japan has the highest life expectancy.

The U.S. infant mortality rate is 6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, while Japan and Sweden have rates below 3.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The obesity rate among adults in the U. S. is 30.6%, the highest rate of developed countries. This rate is nearly 21% higher than the rate of the second highest country, Mexico.

Nor does it buy us better health care or more resources. About 70% of deaths and health costs in the U. S. are attributable to chronic disease, which are largely preventable. Yet, only half of recommended preventive services are provided to adults. The U.S. has fewer practicing physicians and nurses per 1,000 people than comparable countries. Instead, our health care system is pushing millions of hardworking Americans into relentless financial constraints and sends thousands to early graves.

With a new Democratic Congress, the impetus for real health reform is now - we can afford to provide every American affordable health care that emphasizes prevention, while controlling costs and maintaining individuals' choice of doctors and plans.


CNBC VIEWERS SAY YES FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE! CNBC, a cable business channel, asked viewers if they thought adoption of Universal Health Care would help USA businesses compete better globally.
Results were 73% yes, 27% no.


  • THE FOUR BIG LIES ABOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
    How messed up is America's health-care system? Consider the case of the Leavitts. Anne and her husband Dixie, both in their 70s, got frazzled trying to work their way through the maddening maze of George W's new prescription-drug program, which compels seniors to choose among 1,400 competing drug-insurance schemes offered by 80 corporations. more...

  • Oklahoma Health Hikes Outstrip Wages
    Oklahomans' health insurance premiums increased 60 percent in the last six years, greatly outpacing a 13 percent increase in earnings, a health care advocacy group reported Monday. more...


Many Oklahomans face the growing problem of rising costs and failing quality in health care. Are you?

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"Of all the forms of inequalities, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.