Oklahoma elections: Voters OK 'opt-out' of new health care law

Oklahomans have approved a measure that would allow citizens to "opt-out" of the new federal health care reform bill.
Oklahoman Modified: November 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm •  Published: November 2, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans have approved a measure that would allow citizens to "opt-out" of the new federal health care reform bill.

The question's House author, Rep. Mike Thompson, R-Oklahoma City, said a constitutional amendment would help protect Oklahomans from the government's attempt to insert itself into their lives and that the federal health care overhaul would make health insurance more expensive.

Opponents, including the state's League of Women Voters, say that federal matching dollars may be in jeopardy if the proposition is adopted, "creating a major budget crisis in the state."