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June 28, 2013

Inhofe: ObamaCare Still Bad For Oklahoma

The first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare as a tax.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who has long opposed ObamaCare today made the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature legislation.

“A year ago today the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a tax,” said Inhofe. “A tax that will force Oklahoma consumers and employers to pay $1.2 billion more over the next ten years, in addition to increasing premiums in Oklahoma anywhere from 65 to 100 percent. Recent polls show that a majority of Americans believe ObamaCare will hurt their families rather than help. At a time when the public has lost its trust in the IRS, there are serious doubts that the agency is suited to implement this massive tax increase on the American public.

“Thanks to Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma is leading the charge to block ObamaCare and its excessive taxes that are costing our economy jobs and threatening businesses from expanding. In September 2012, Pruitt filed an amended complaint challenging the implementation of ObamaCare. Pruitt is arguing that the IRS is attempting to redefine ObamaCare’s employer mandate tax in order to hike taxes on Oklahomans. If Pruitt is successful, his argument would significantly weaken ObamaCare, rendering it unworkable.”

“I will continue to pursue efforts with my colleagues in the Senate to defund ObamaCare and work towards a full repeal.”

Sen. Inhofe is an original cosponsor of several repeal efforts including Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) ObamaCare Repeal Act, S. 177, which would fully repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and Sen. Hatch’s (R-Utah) American Job Protection Act (S. 399), which would repeal the employer mandate and the American Liberty Restoration (S. 40), which would repeal the individual mandate.


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