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Oklahoma’s Bill to Block ObamaCare Passes House Committee
by Ali Papademetriou
Liberty-leaning Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze, who has become famous for basing his principles on those of the founders’, introduced a bill last month that would put an end to ObamaCare in his state. Specifically, his bill would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and he has compared his reasoning for nullifying the healthcare reform rather than limiting it to that of Thomas Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolution.
Ritze has explained, “Thomas Jefferson made it perfectly clear in the Kentucky Resolution of 1799 when he wrote, “That is those who administer the general government be permitted to transgress the limits fixed by the compact, by a total disregard to the special delegations of power therein contained, annihilation of the state governments, and the erection upon their ruins, of a general consolidated government, will be the inevitable consequence.”” displaying that when the federal government oversteps its constitutional boundaries, the states have the ability to act upon that unjust overreach.
Written further in Jefferson’s Resolution is the particular action that the states can take to override the feds: “That the several states who formed that instrument, being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and that a nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under colour [sic] of that instrument, is the rightful remedy;” referring to the states’ rightful ability to nullify any unconstitutional federal law that is overreaching the limited powers that are granted to the federal government by the Constitution.
Specifically diving into how ObamaCare itself is unconstitutional, Ritze set the stage for his legislation by commending another founder, proving his admiration and respect for the founding composers of the United States. As TheNewAmerican reported, when Ritze first introduced his bill, HB1021, which would not only nullify ObamaCare, but also the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, he quoted Alexander Hamilton.
“Some, even in Oklahoma will suggest that Article VI of the Constitution makes ObamaCare the “supreme law of the land.” In doing so, they fail to understand as Alexander Hamilton did when he wrote in Federalist No. 33 “it expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution….” Alexander Hamilton got it right, Congress and the Supreme Court got it wrong,” stated Ritze.
Now, just more than a month following his bill’s introduction, on Tuesday, the Oklahoma House committee on Public health and safety held a hearing on HB 1021, which passed by a 7 to 3 margin. Now that it has passed the committee, the bill is on its way to be voted on by Oklahoma’s House, and if it passes, the State Senate.