Nearly Half of Medicare Advantange Clients in Oklahoma Will Lose Benefits Under Obamacare, Sen. Inhofe Says

By Dan Joseph | March 24, 2011 | 7:14 PM EDT

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), center, speaks with journalists at the U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen on Thursday Dec. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

( – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) says that his state will face major consequences once Obamacare is fully implemented.

Roughly 46 percent of current Medicare Advantage enrollees will lose their insurance plans by 2017, Inhofe said in a news release Wednesday.

Those who are able to keep their plans in place will see a cut of $3,140 in services -- cuts that will disproportionally affect low-income seniors and disabled beneficiaries, he added.

“Since President Obama signed the so-called health-care reform bill into law, it has miserably failed American families and businesses,” Inhofe said. “Even though a handful of the law’s provisions have been implemented, it has already resulted in higher costs and loss of current coverage.”

The Republican senator said Oklahoma faces doctor shortages due to increased enrollment in Medicaid.

“Oklahoma is a low-supply state for primary-care physicians, with fewer than 11.5 primary care physicians for every 10,000 people,” he noted. “As a result of Obamacare, the percentage increase in Medicaid enrollment will be almost four times greater than the percent increase in primary-care physicians.”

Obamacare will also have a negative impact on small businesses, due to a lack of business tax-credits in the Obamacare law, Inhofe added. Only 26.2 percent of small businesses are eligible for small business tax credits under Obamacare, he said.

Inhofe noted that the Obama administration itself estimates 51 percent of American workers will lose their current health coverage by 2013.

Other criticisms Inhofe lodges:

-- that the IRS has requested more than 1,200 new employees to implement the law this year;

-- that more than 1,000 waivers have been granted, exempting over 2 million people from the law’s insurance mandates, nearly half of whom participate in union plans;

-- that as of March 14, the administration has issued 6,578 pages of new regulations to implement the law;

-- and that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is predicting that provisions of Obamacare result in an 800,000 person reduction in the American labor force.

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act one year ago Wednesday. Polls have consistently shown a majority of the American public is opposed to the legislation.

There are 30 states suing to block the law from taking effect, or requesting waivers from its requirements.