Health Care Reform at State Capitol

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.