Oklahoma is another state that is taking a stand and flexing their 10th Amendment muscles in the face of the Obamacare healthcare law. Rep. Mike Ritze has introduced legislation that would be similar to that of South Carolina’s legislation and would essentially gut the Affordable Care Act in the Sooner State.
HB2421 states that “an agency, officer, or employee of the state shall not…engage in an activity that aids any person in the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The legislation also bars Oklahoma from setting up a state-run health insurance exchange and prohibits prohibits the purchase of insurance from an exchange set up by a non-profit. Notably in the bill, there are measures to block the state from conducting involuntary home inspections under the ACA. Yes Politifact, they are there in the ACA.
Judge Andrew Napolitano has praised this type of legislation, claiming “If enough states do this, it will gut Obamacare.”
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said that this could create a formidable bloc, pulling the rug out from under the already flailing federal act. “If five states pass something like this, they’re going to be paying attention,” he said. “And if ten or fifteen do it? It’s game over for Obamacare.”
“There is no dispute, the states do not have to help the feds carry out their laws or regulatory programs,” Maharrey added.
Maharrey says the states can and should take action since the federal government is basically at the mercy of the states to help enforce the law.
“The federal government has no constitutional authority to create or run a national health care system,” he said. “On top of that, why would you want them to? Why would you want a monopoly on healthcare, any more than you would want a monopoly on grocery sales? Especially a monopoly run by an entity as incompetent as the federal government. We know the feds counted on the states to do the heavy lifting. We know the number of states refusing to create exchanges created problems. If enough states simply say, ‘No,’ this monstrosity will collapse under its own weight.”
There are several things you can do to help in this matter.
- Call your State Representative. You can find your legislator’s contact information by clicking HERE.
- Call your State Senator. You can find your legislator’s contact information by clicking HERE
- Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Several states are taking up nullification of Obamacare as a valid Constitutional option to keep the federal government in check. My own State of South Carolina has done it and so have many others, including Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, and Georgia.
Our own Publius Huldah has laid out the foundations of nullifying the Affordable Care Act here. The Tenth Amendment Center has also provided a model legislation that you can present to the elected representatives in your state and encourage them to introduce it in their state legislature. Things can change from the bottom up. That’s where we come in and we’re seeing states take back their power one nullification bill at a time. Well done Oklahoma!
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost.