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Timeline of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's fight against Affordable Care Act

Oklahoman Modified: April 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013


A look at Attorney General Scott's Pruitt's fight against implementing the Affordable Care Act in Oklahoma:

• January 2011: Pruitt files a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

• June 2012: U.S. Supreme Court rules individual mandate is unconstitutional, but that the act could stand with a system that taxes or penalizes individuals and businesses for not purchasing or providing health insurance.

• May 2012: U.S. Internal Revenue Service finalizes a rule that will allow it to collect penalties from certain businesses that do not comply with provisions of the law in all states. Businesses with 50 or more employees would be forced to pay penalties if they do not provide health care coverage to those employees.

• July 2012: Pruitt asks a federal judge to lift the stay on Oklahoma's health care lawsuit in order for the state to amend its complaint.

• September 2012: Pruitt files an amended complaint in the same court, challenging the IRS rule and arguing the penalties can only be applied in states that develop a state-based health care exchange.

• November 2012: Gov. Mary Fallin announces Oklahoma will not pursue a state-based health care exchange and will instead participate in an exchange created by the federal government.

• December 2012: Federal government answers to the state lawsuit and files a motion to have it dismissed.

• January 2013: Oklahoma files its response to the motion to dismiss.


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