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Thu March 24, 2011

Governor's Visit Met with Protests

Tulsa, OK – Protesters picket Okla governor's Tulsa appearance

TULSA, Okla. (AP) About a dozen people opposed to Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to accept a $54 million federal grant to implement a state health insurance exchange protested during her appearance in Tulsa.

Demonstrators held signs and American flags as Fallin addressed the Tulsa Health Underwriters Association at the Tulsa Country Club Thursday.

The exchange would allow consumers to compare prices and benefits. Fallin wants lawmakers to pass a bill to establish a governing board for the program.

She says the state-run exchange is a conservative idea and the only way to keep the federal government out of the process. Fallin added that the state has a budget hole and no money to establish the exchange.

Protester Janene Wooster told KOTV she didn't see the difference between federally controlled healthcare and Oklahoma-controlled healthcare.