Oklahoma measures filed to stop national health care law

Lawmakers say their measures would nullify the provisions of the federal law, commonly called Obamacare by critics.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: January 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013

Ritze said the federal health care law is unwelcome in Oklahoma.

Voters in November 2010 approved a constitutional amendment with the intent 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 preventing people from paying for treatment directly or buying private health insurance. State Question 756 got 64.7 percent of the vote.

“Oklahomans have clearly indicated that they would prefer a different approach to health care than the federal law offers,” Ritze said. “I think we have the tools to improve the health care system in Oklahoma without involvement from the federal government.”

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