Agency for Health Care Research and Quality ranks Oklahoma among worst health care states

A federal agency has graded Oklahoma health care and delivery services one of the worst in the nation.

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality announced the rankings as part of an annual nationwide review of state health care.

Oklahoma received a "weak" overall for 2011 and scored a "weak" or "very weak" in 10 of the 12 categories. The state's lowest measures were home health care and heart disease.

The results were comprised from a 50-state comparison.

Commentary from Oklahoma politicians following last week's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the national health care law reflected many in the state's opposition to the legislation.
 
"I'm extremely disappointed and frustrated by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care law," said Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin. "President Obama's health care policies will limit patients' health care choices, reduce the quality of health care in the United States and will cost the state of Oklahoma more than a half billion dollars in the process."
 
The state of Oklahoma filed a federal individual lawsuit claiming the law to be unconstitutional in 2011. Now Oklahoma must develop it's own state-run health insurance exchange by November to avoid being absorbed into the federal system.
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