Oklahoma to block state-based implementation of Obamacare…

Oklahoma to prohibit state-based implementation of Obamacare

Bill: HB2421 (PDF)

Sponsored by Rep. Ritze, HB2421 states that “an agency, officer, or employee of the state shall not…engage in an activity that aids any person in the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010….The Legislature of the State of Oklahoma is empowered to take all necessary actions to ensure that the provisions…are adhered to by all agencies, departments and political subdivisions of this state.” Under this legislation, “an Oklahoma resident taxpayer who is subjected to a tax by the Internal Revenue Code under 26 U.S.C., Section 5000A of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall receive a tax deduction in the exact amount of the taxes or penalty paid the federal government pursuant to 26 U.S.C., Section 5000A.” HB2421 also bars the creation of a state Obamacare exchange, prohibits applications for Obamacare grant funds, and provides that the State Attorney General will bring action in defense of any person or business harmed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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