Healthcare issue hits Oklahoma

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February 25, 2010

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: What seems to be the most debated topic of the year has spread to Oklahoma, as voters may see a health care freedom amendment on the November 2, 2010 ballot. The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment would allow residents to get out of any federal health care mandates that may be passed. Senator Dan Newberry, who introduced the measure, stated, "The bill simply says Oklahomans shall not be forced by a federal system or national system to buy health insurance."[1]

The proposed amendment was passed by the Oklahoma State Senate on February 23, 2010 by a vote of 30-16. Some opponents have stated that the measure would not create much of an effect on the issue because federal law would overlap state law. Opponents are also stating that because of this, there are more serious problems affecting the state that need to be addressed.[1]

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