Kaye Beach

Oklahoma Senate passes measures critical of federal health care reform

In Issues, Oklahoma Legislation on February 25, 2010 at 2:36 am

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate on Wednesday passed three measures critical of federal health care reform.

Some Democratic senators argued the measures did little and were political posturing by Republicans, who control the upper chamber during an election year. Federal health care reform is pending before Congress.

Senate Joint Resolution 59 by Sen. Dan Newberry would let Oklahomans vote on opting out of proposed federal health care reform. The vote was 30-16.

“The bill simply says Oklahomans shall not be forced by a federal system or national system to buy health insurance,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa.

Some Democrats charged the measure, if approved by voters, would not do anything because federal law supersedes state law. They also argued that Oklahomans might be required to pay into a federal plan but receive no benefit. They also suggested the state had more serious problems to deal with.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=17&articleid=20100224_17_0_hrbThe866441&rss_lnk=1

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