Parliamentary move keeps health care bill from Oklahoma’s governor, for now

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: May 5, 2010 at 4:39 am •  Published: May 5, 2010
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/> "We passed tort reform, but what good has it done us?” asked Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-Hartshorne. "Here we are filing a frivolous lawsuit because we don’t like President Obama. The people of Oklahoma will have to pay for this frivolous lawsuit.”

Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, the Senate author of the bill, said the Goldwater Institute would pay for the state’s legal fight against the federal government.

A spokesman for Arizona-based Goldwater Institute said the organization made the offer to states that are challenging the health care bill on constitutional grounds.

Brogdon said the bill was meant to protect the freedom and liberties of constituents who don’t want to be forced to buy health insurance or a specific type of health insurance plan.

"We should be able to live our lives without the interference of the government,” he said. "This is a bill to correct a wrong done to the people of Oklahoma.”

The bill started out as a state question headed for the ballot in November. The bill’s authors, however, changed the language saying constituents clamored for a more immediate solution to provisions of a federal health care plan. Some components of the national health care plan take effect this year. Without the emergency provision, the bill could take effect 90 days after adjournment if Gov. Brad Henry signs the measure.


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