House Approves ‘Obamacare’ Nullification Bill

13 03 2013

Nullify ObamacareOKLAHOMA CITY – A bill focused on nullifying “Obamacare” was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives today by a vote of 72-20.

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

State Rep. Mike Ritze, a board-certified family practice physician and surgeon – the author of the legislation – filed House Bill 1021 to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” in Oklahoma.

Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said the measure protects Oklahomans against an unconstitutional federal overreach in power and control over their daily lives.

“There is no provision in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where the states delegated to Congress the authority to make a citizen purchase health care or pay a fine,” Ritze said. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an example of federal overreach and my legislation will authorize the state via the will of the People to ignore it and ban the enforcement of it.”

Proponents of “Obamacare” argue that Article VI of the Constitution makes the legislation the “supreme law of the land.” Ritze strongly disagrees with that belief.

“They fail to understand how the country is supposed to operate,” Ritze said. “As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 33: ‘It expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution.’ Alexander Hamilton got it right. Congress and the Supreme Court got it wrong.

“When the federal government exceeds its delegated authority, as it has done with the passage of Obamacare, it is the duty of every state representative to defend the unalienable rights of the people of the great State of Oklahoma. I and others in the House and Senate intend to do just that with this legislation.”

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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Works to De-Fund Obamacare

7 03 2013
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted against the “Continuing Resolution” in the U.S. House of Representatives today.  The Continuing Resolution (CR) is legislation whereby Congress authorizes continued funding of government operations in the absence of a budget.  The Obama Administration has not submitted a budget as required by law, so Congress must act to appropriate funds.  Congressman Bridenstine has no desire to “shut down the government” but saw this up or down vote as a strong opportunity to de-fund implementation of the widely unpopular and expensive Obamacare programs.

Mr. Bridenstine commented:

“As the IRS moves to collect billions in fees for Obamacare and the Department of Health and Human Services continues to promulgate complex new rules for businesses and individuals to implement the unpopular and unworkable law, today I voted against the Continuing Resolution (CR).

“The CR was filled with line items to eliminate specific types of personnel and agency funding, so it would have been perfectly appropriate for the CR to include line items de-funding the personnel and agencies working furiously to force Obamacare on the American people.  I sponsored an amendment to de-fund Obamacare within the CR and argued for its inclusion before the House Rules Committee, but the Rules Committee denied opportunity for the amendment.

“This administration continues to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers within Obamacare, while requiring all insurance plans cover abortion inducing drugs.  Since the CR does nothing to stop the implementation of Obamacare and we are running out of opportunities to do so, I felt compelled to vote ‘No’.”





Broken Arrow legislators file bills to stop Obamacare

10 01 2013

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Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Mike Ritze plan to ensure the Legislature stands up for the rights of Oklahomans and remains committed to preventing the provisions of Obamacare from taking effect.

Dahm and Ritze have filed Senate Bill 203 and House Bill 1021, proposals which will nullify the provisions of Obamacare in Oklahoma.  Dahm said health care operates best as an enterprise, not as a birthright.

“Depriving citizens of the right to make their own choices about health care runs contrary to American ideals,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.  “If we want a health care system that is innovative, efficient, and controls costs, we need to allow the free market to work.  Health care is not a right, it is an enterprise, and it works best with fewer market distortions and the incentive to improve the services it offers customers.”

“Taking this enterprise and turning it into a government bureaucracy will remove the incentive for advancements in American health care, just as it has everywhere else this experiment has been tried.”

Ritze said the federal health care law is unwelcome in Oklahoma.

“Oklahomans have clearly indicated that they would prefer a different approach to health care than the federal law offers,” Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said. “I think we have the tools to improve the health care system in Oklahoma without involvement from the federal government.”

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