The Woodward News

January 9, 2014

Stop Obamacare Penalties rally set

Cathy Johnston
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A grassroots group of citizens organizing to support state legislators who are making an effort to negate the penalties in the federal Affordable Care Act has scheduled a rally in Woodward Saturday.

The group, Stop Obamacare Penalties Now, will hold the rally at 2 p.m. at the Conference Center in Woodward. The Affordable Care Act is often referred to as Obamacare.

Besides showing support for legislators, Stop Obamacare Penalties Now hopes to make people aware of what the penalties mean in their own lives and why some feel the health care law is contrary to the Oklahoma State Constitution, organizers said.

Keynote speaker will be former State Rep. Charles Key, who is at the forefront of efforts to re-establish the Constitution of the United States as the focal point of the government. He will explain proposed legislation for stopping the penalties for those who do not obtain health insurance.

“The federal government has gone beyond its constitutionally delegated responsibilities when it comes to Obamacare, particularly the 9th and 10th amendments,”  Key said, adding he would encourage voters to contact their representatives by phone, email or regular postal mail.

Kenny Bob Tapp, a candidate for State House District 61, will be the emcee and introduce the other speakers at the rally.  According to Tapp, the rallies, scheduled to be held in 12 Oklahoma cities, are sponsored by several conservative groups, including OK-SAFE (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise) and the John Birch Society.

“There will be discussion on the subject of nullification of the 10th and 11th amendments by the Federal Affordable Health Care Act as it currently stands,” Tapp said in a telephone interview.  “I feel we need to protect Oklahoma citizens from being penalized for not getting health insurance.”

Tapp said legislators from around the area, including State Reps. Jeffrey Hickman and Gus Blackwell and Sen. Bryce Marlatt, have been invited to attend and speak at the rally.

According to the website, Oklahoma voters passed SQ 756 in 2010 and many thought that bill nullified Obamacare in Oklahoma.   However, the website states, the bill that was passed – SJR 47 – “only nullified the individual mandate provision in the law, and it didn’t have provisions for penalties or fines to enforce it. This important detail was not an oversight or accident – it was intentional. And now that the deadline for compliance with the mandate to purchase insurance is approaching, Oklahomans are at risk of fines, liens, or worse from the federal government.”

Rallies are also scheduled this month in Altus, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Guthrie, Hugo, McAlester, Norman, Sapulpa, Tahlequah and Yukon.

The rally is expected to last for approximately one hour.