July 12, 2012
Here is a great write up on the Rally For Healthcare Independence that took place at the Oklahoma Capitol on July 7th by Ted King in today’s Pryor Daily Times.
Staff Writer Ted King
OKLAHOMA CITY — Around 300 people gathered at the state capitol Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to allow The Affordable Care Act to stand.
Last week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided the federal government has the authority to require citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a tax. The high court stipulated the states cannot be forced to expand Medicare. This was not a large crowd compared to some rallies held at the state capitol, but the event was organized on short notice.
One of the organizers, Jon Scolomiero of the Tenth Amendment Center, said he got to work putting this rally together on the evening of the Supreme Court decision June 21. The theme of the rally was nullification of Obamacare at the state level and repeal of Obamacare at the federal level.
Protesters do not want the state to implement the early stages of Obamacare in the form of health care exchanges.
Health care exchanges were a hot topic at the state capitol last session as lawmakers argued over taking money from the federal government to set up the framework for implementation of Obamacare, set to go into effect in 2014. Some lawmakers argued that failure by the state to take the federal exchanges meant the federal government, not Oklahoma, would determine how Obamacare would be implemented in the state.