Oklahoma pro-gun stalwart Representative Mike Ritze is running a nullification bill against ObamaCare.
HB 1276 states, “The Legislature of the State of Oklahoma declares that the federal laws known as the ‘Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act’ and the ‘Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,’ are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States…and hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma, 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.”
Unfortunately, penalties for violating this act were amended out of the bill rendering it “toothless.”
Under the original legislation, a state government official who attempted enforce the federal statutes could face misdemeanor charges and face a penalty of up to two years in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Additionally, Oklahoma citizens who are forced to comply with ObamaCare would have been allowed to sue the government agents enforcing that law. (Emphasis mine)
Without these enforcement provisions, HB 1276 will have very limited impact.
Many people are not aware that ObamaCare will allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to troll a federal database containing your most confidential health care data in order to create millions of new “prohibited persons” for the FBI’s Instant Check system.
Action: Please contact House Majority Leader Dan Sullivan to ask that the bill, HB 1276, be heard again to put the enforcement provisions back into the legislation. His Capitol office phone number is (405) 557-7361 and his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every effort must be made to defeat this socialist program and Oklahoma gun owners can help by supporting the enforcement amendments to HB 1276.