Local & Regional
Wed March 24, 2010
Health Care Reform at State Capitol
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Health care opt out approved by Senate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has approved a measure that would allow Oklahoma voters to opt out of key provisions of the federal health care bill signed into law by President Obama.
The joint resolution approved Tuesday by a 36-11 vote would send to a vote of the people in November a state question to prohibit any requirement that a person, employer or hospital participate in a health care system.
A similar resolution is expected to be approved in the House later this week. Both measures are destined for a conference committee, where only one version is expected to emerge for a final legislative vote.
Senate Democrats attempted to amend the bill to place the issue on the July 27 primary ballot, but Republicans derailed that effort.