If approved, it will add an Amendment to the State Constitution to essentially opt out of Obamacare.
It reads as such:
"This measure adds a new section of law to the State Constitution. It adds Section 37 to Article 2. It prohibits making a person use a health care system. It prohibits making an employer use a health care system. It prohibits making a health care provider provide treatment in a health care system. It allows a person to pay for treatment directly. It allows an employer to pay for treatment directly. It allows a health care provider to accept payment for treatment directly. It allows the purchase of health insurance in private health care systems. It allows the sale of health insurance in private health care systems. Shall the proposal be accepted?
I for one am in favor of this Constitutional Amendment.
One of its biggest supporters is State Representative Mike Thompson, who is running for U.S. Congress in the 5th Congressional District this year. He states that it "will provide Oklahomans with a powerful legal protection against the federal government's attempt to insert itself into everyday decisions that affect their finances and health."
One of its biggest opponents, I found to be a bit strange, is Governor Brad Henry, who thinks that the amendment conflicts with federal law.
Well duh, it conflicts with federal law!!!
Here is an interesting piece of information for you though Mr. Henry. Federal law does not supersede state law. The U.S. Constitution CLEARLY spells out the duties and responsibilities of the federal government and leaves everything else to the state governments. Obamacare is not one of the duties spelled out in the U.S. Constitution for the federal government to do.
Other states have also proposed similar amendments to their state's constitutions.