The Pryor Times


March 29, 2014

Bill allows states to opt out of Obamacare

PRYOR, OK — OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Glen Mulready praised the introduction in Congress recently by Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford of a resolution that would give Congressional consent to a compact gaining popularity among the states. The Health Care Compact would allow states to opt out of the provisions of Obamacare and develop healthcare solutions on their own.

In 2011, Mulready was the House author of Senate Bill 722, a measure that joined Oklahoma with other states in the Health Care Compact. The bill was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor. To date, eight states have joined the Health Care Compact, while 12 other states have legislation pending.

“I’m grateful that Congressman Lankford recognizes that Oklahoma has the ability to provide better healthcare solutions for Oklahomans than Washington, D.C. does,” said Mulready, R-Tulsa. “A healthcare compact is one of the primary ways states can retake control of their citizens’ healthcare decisions from federal bureaucrats.”

Interstate compacts are authorized by Article 1, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and essentially create the force of federal law once consented to by Congress. Lankford’s resolution is aimed at obtaining the necessary Congressional consent.

“States like Oklahoma that have already approved the Health Care Compact deserve Congressional consideration of our locally crafted agreement,” said Mulready. “Washington has very little stake in the day-to-day lives of Oklahomans.

“American health care is most effective when it’s transacted between neighborhood doctors and their patients – not between Washington’s bureaucrats and Oklahomans 1,000 miles away. Their one-size-fits-all approach does not work for Oklahoma.”

More information about the Health Care Compact can be found at  

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