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Oklahoma conservative group calls for legislative leaders to fight national health care law

The chairman of the group warns against the “thug-booted federal government” and urged legislators to oppose the health care law, commonly called Obamacare.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: November 8, 2012

Another person said he supported legislation that was introduced but never passed that would have made it a crime to enforce the Affordable Health Care Act and asked whether a similar measure would be considered next year. About 65 percent of voters in 2010 approved State Question 756 that would allow Oklahomans to opt out of a health care system.

“Certainly with the president being re-elected, the chances of us being able to overturn that is going to be a much greater challenge.” Bingman said. “If we do nothing in Oklahoma whether we like it or not the federal government is going to come in and implement the Affordable Care Act.”

A couple others began yelling at Bingman and Meadows brought things quickly under order.

Under the health care law, health care exchanges have to be fully operational by Jan. 1, 2014, but other deadlines are along the way. Oklahoma hasn't developed plans for the exchange, which is an electronic marketplace where uninsured people can compare and buy health insurance and, under the health care act, receive federal subsidies for the cost.

Gov. Mary Fallin early in 2011 accepted a $54 million federal grant to establish an exchange, but later rejected it after Republican lawmakers urged her to do so after hearing criticism from conservative supporters.