Yesterday the Oklahoma House of Representatives issued a press release, "Ritze Seeks Nullification of ObamaCare," which stated: "State Rep. Mike Ritze has filed legislation to effectively nullify the new federal health care law and allow felony charges against individuals attempting to enforce it in Oklahoma."
Oklahoma thus joins at least seven other states where bills to nullify the entire ObamaCare law on the basis of its unconstitutionality have been introduced in 2011. The eight states with their corresponding bill numbers (with links to full-text) are: Texas (HB297), Montana (SB161), Wyoming (HB0035), Oregon (SB498), Indiana (SB505), Maine (LD58), Nebraska (LB515), and Oklahoma (HB1276).
According to Ritze, who is one of only two doctors serving in the Oklahoma Legislature, “The federal health care law is clearly an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of U.S. citizens. As a result, the state of Oklahoma must act aggressively to stop this unconstitutional power grab.”
Because the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” were “not authorized by the Constitution of the United States,” the bill declares them to be “invalid in the State of Oklahoma” and states that they “shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.”
Furthermore, as with most of the seven other nullification bills mentioned above, "under House Bill 1276, any official, agent, or employee of the United States government who attempts to enforce the new federal health care law could face felony charges carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000." And, "any state government official attempting to impose and enforce the federal statutes could face misdemeanor charges carrying a penalty of up to two years in jail and a $1,000 fine.
In addition to these criminal penalties, Oklahoma's HB1276 also provides that "citizens forced to abide by the new federal health care law would also be allowed to sue individuals enforcing the law."
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