The Oklahoman, January 26, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, was recently chosen as the first Republican President Pro Tem of the state Senate. He visited with The Oklahoman’s editorial board to discuss issues important to the Senate, which for the first time has a majority of GOP members.
Adding more (health care) mandates is just putting more strain on the system to cause it to fail. Among states, we’ve got this higher rate of uninsured and I think it’s exactly the wrong direction to go until we can get an affordable plan that we can encourage participation in. There are some things that can be done. My belief is there will be an autism bill that addresses what issues there are that the research says are important. ... There are a lot of states that have done this in a more reasonable fashion, and hopefully we’ll get there.