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

Two Republican lawmakers plan to continue to battle the national health care law with legislation designed to stop it from taking effect in Oklahoma.

Rep. Mike Ritze and Sen. Nathan Dahm, both of Broken Arrow, filed House Bill 1021 and Senate Bill 203 — legislation they said would nullify the provisions of the federal health care law, commonly called Obamacare by opponents. The federal law, championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat, was upheld last summer by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ritze in 2011 filed a measure that would have caused any official, agent or employee of the federal government who attempted to enforce the national health care law to face felony charges carrying up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A House committee passed it, but the measure failed to advance.

Dahm, a freshman lawmaker elected last year, said health care operates best as an enterprise, not as a birthright.

“Depriving citizens of the right to make their own choices about health care runs contrary to American ideals,” Dahm said. “If we want a health care system that is innovative, efficient and controls costs, we need to allow the free market to work.”

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