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Thu July 4, 2013

Oklahoma GOP Critics of Health Law Seize on Delay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican critics of the federal health care law are seizing on the delay of a major part of the program as evidence of problems with the health care overhaul.

The Obama administration on Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay in a key piece of the new health care law that requires many companies to provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the delay is an acknowledgment that the requirements are a "complex, job killing and harmful mandate."

Pruitt also continues to challenge the health care law in federal court, arguing that it gives the government control over state legislative and executive power, exceeds Congress' authority and infringes on state sovereignty.