OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that declares the federal health care law “null and void” in the state of Oklahoma has been approved by legislators in the House.
House members voted 72-20 on Wednesday for the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze, a fierce opponent of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Although the law was approved by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ritze maintains the measure is unconstitutional and opposed by a majority of Oklahomans. Provisions were removed from the bill that would have made it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to enforce the law.
Opponents argued the state has no authority to reject a federal law just because they don't agree with it.
House Bill 1021: http://bit.ly/ZmFqbj