Government is too big and unresponsive, corporations have too much power and the burden of national health care legislation passed in 2010 will be borne by hardworking taxpayers who don't want it.
That was the resounding rally cry of several hundred people who gathered Saturday outside the Oklahoma Capitol to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Organized by Oklahoma 10th Amendment Center and several other conservative action groups, the “Rally for Healthcare Independence” was a call to action to end perceived tyranny on the state and federal level.
“Right now the people that are in control of your government are not the politicians you elect many times but the corporations they take money from,” Toby Pedford, owner of Legacy Wealth Strategies, told the crowd gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol.
Under a parasol of gray clouds, the self-identified tea party member said the legislation's mandate that all Americans buy health insurance or face a fine is a “forced exchange” that goes against the free market.
“We have to use the word ‘tyranny' because that's what it is,” Pedford said to hoots and hollers of support and applause. “If I can come to your house or your business and tell you how much you owe me, it's a shakedown.”
Pedford and several other speakers outlined a series of steps that should be taken to make the government more responsive.
On their shortlist:
• Dissolve the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust, the group responsible for implementing the federal health care legislation on the state level.
• Fight any expansion of Medicaid.
• Reintroduce legislation on the state level that nullifies the health care act in Oklahoma.
• Support the fight to repeal the legislation by affecting votes nationwide.
• Ensure President Barack Obama is a one-term president.