State lawmakers and former legislators fired up an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday by urging them to join in the fight to stop what they called an overreaching federal government.
“Don't you see Washington is trying to force us into submission?” asked Deputy Insurance Commissioner Randy Brogdon, a former Republican state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate. “We are at war for our freedoms today.
“We are not weak,” he said. “We can fight.”
“Lock and load!” someone in the crowd of about 300 shouted during a rally put on by a new group, Oklahoma Liberty, in the second-floor hallway in front of the ceremonial state Supreme Court courtroom in the state Capitol.
House Bill 1021, which seeks to have lawmakers declare that the federal Affordable Care Act is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, is the main ammunition for the group. The measure states it is the duty of the Legislature to adopt any and all measures necessary to prevent the enforcement of the federal health care law, also known as Obamacare.
Those attending the rally were asked to visit with lawmakers and encourage them to vote for HB 1021 and to encourage the Republican House leadership to have the bill heard.
Thursday is the deadline for House measures to be heard and acted on by the House.
Donald Lynch, a retired federal worker from Oklahoma City, said he liked what he heard during the 90-minute rally. He said he opposes the Affordable Care Act and is concerned citizens are losing their constitutional rights.
“The federal government has just been sucking this stuff up left and right,” said Lunch, 63. “We have to get back to individual and states' rights and limit the federal government.”
The rally was organized by Mark Kreslins, who moved last year from Maryland to Norman. He said his primary focus now is to work to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, author of HB 1021, said his measure is the result of voters in November 2010 passing State Question 756, which was intended to prevent many of the federal health care reforms from affecting Oklahoma, such as making a person or an employer participate in a health care system or buying private health insurance.
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