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.”

To see who voted how click HERE.



Rep. Ritze Sends Letter Inviting Gun Company to Oklahoma

7 03 2013
Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

Today an Oklahoma Lawmaker, since Colorado is enacting stricter gun control measures, has sent a letter to the president of a Colorado-based manufacture of magazines and other gun accessories urging the company to relocate to Oklahoma.

Richard Fitzpatrick, the president of MagPul, warned Colorado lawmakers that he would leave the state if they enacted gun control. Colorado went through with new gun control measures and MagPul announced they would soon leave that state.

“We would gladly accept MagPul here in Oklahoma,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “America is under attack by anti-gun activists who have no respect for our nation’s inherent 2nd Amendment rights. This lack of respect penalizes law-abiding citizens as well as good companies like this one. We support MagPul in its efforts to move to a state that is friendlier to do business in and we hope they will move their operations to Oklahoma.”

Currently based in Boulder, Colo., MagPul has produced high-capacity gun magazines and firearms accessories since 1999. Founded in the basement of former Marine Corps. Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, he issued an ultimatum to Colorado political leadership that he would move his company if they passed gun control measures such as House Bill 1224. That measure recently passed the Colorado state House and now is awaiting consideration in the state Senate.

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.”


DEA evicted OBN – what to make of it.

4 09 2012

The following press release was released this afternoon from State Rep. Mike Ritze, vice-chair of the House Public Safety Committee:

Ritze: Weaver Took an Appropriate Stand

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Ritze, vice-chair of the House Public Safety Committee, said today that Oklahoma’s drug enforcement agency director made the right decision regarding how it operates in relation to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control agents were evicted from a building they shared in McAlester with the DEA, due to the director’s unwillingness to submit to DEA supervision on a drug task force.
“A federal agency basically attempted to bully one of our state agencies into doing things under federal supervision,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “I am proud of Director Darrell Weaver’s decision to stand up to this bullying and applaud his commitment to our state. Too often, the federal government tries to step in and take over where it is neither welcome nor appropriate. I think it is very clear that our state agency answers to Oklahomans and Oklahoma legislators rather than federal agents.”
Ritze pointed out that a top concern America’s Founding Fathers had when drafting the Constitution was to separate powers in such a way that different branches and levels of government could operate autonomously. The federal government has different goals, different leadership and different priorities than Oklahoma, he said.
“It would be wholly inappropriate for OBN agents to work under the supervision of DEA agents,” said Ritze. “I think the agencies should work cooperatively, but not as one unit. Unfortunately, the DEA seems to feel differently and I hope they will change their tune in the future.”

So give us your thoughts! Did the Director of the OBN do the right thing?

State Rep. Mike Ritze