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Rep. James Lankford brings up Obamacare opt-out bill

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rep. James Lankford, who represents Oklahoma, brought forth a bill to give states an opt-out power on Obamacare, called the Health Care Compact.

"The Health Care Compact is a way for states to protect their residents from the top-down, one-size-fits-all health care 'solutions' that have been imposed from Washington, D.C., including Obamacare," Mr. Lankford said, Breitbart reported. "The compact transfers health care decision-making authority and responsibility from the federal level to members states."

The member states can then choose to "implement their own health care systems without interference from federal bureaucrats," Mr. Lankford said. And they can do so using funds at the federal level that have already been "collected and spent in their state," he said, Breitbart reported.

Eight states have signed on to the Health Care Compact — Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas and Utah. Another 12 states are considering the measure, Breitbart said.

The compact states in part, Breitbart reported: "I still strongly support a full repeal of Obamacare. While we wait for this president and Senate Democrats to move beyond their intransigent support of this unworkable law, Congress can give interested states a way to solve their state's health-care problems themselves. States that like Obamacare can keep their Obamacare."

But states that don't, can opt-out and "create a customized system that better meets the needs" of residents, the compact states.

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