Tens of thousands of people across Oklahoma have only just begun to feel the impact of this law. Insurance has been canceled in many cases, while coverage, rates and deductibles have highly increased in others. Penalties related to the law will begin this year with tax penalties for individual and corporate non-compliance. While the first year penalties are low, they increase dramatically from here. For reference (from the National Federation of Independent Business):
2014 - $95 or 1% of income above tax filing threshold
2015 - $325 or 2% of income above tax filing threshold
2016 - $695 or 2.5% of income above tax filing threshold
2014 - $285 or 1% of income above tax filing threshold
2015 - $975 or 2% of income above tax filing threshold
2016 - $2085 or 2.5% of income above tax filing threshold
As the above numbers illustrate, an enormous financial burden will be imposed on the people of Oklahoma including those who can least afford it.
The entire Congressional delegation from Oklahoma voted against this legislation on initial passage. The entire state – via State Question 756, the Oklahoma Health Care Freedom Amendment – voted against this legislation. Despite these actions, the law is still being implemented in Oklahoma.
Numerous bills have been filed in the State Legislature to fight this battle. This legislation will be tracked, and the public notified of votes and the lack of votes for pertinent bills. As the House and Senate act, voters will be watching the process. Both positive and negative actions by individual Representatives and Senators will be widely reported.
To begin this phase of action, the public is invited to come to the state capitol on Tuesday, February 4th. Several speakers will address the crowd: opening remarks Steve Dickson, STOP organizer and volunteer; introductions – former State Rep. Charles Key, STOP organizer and volunteer; Legislators: Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, State Representative Lewis Moore, and State Senator Nathan Dahm; and closing remarks – Bob Donohoo, STOP Statewide Coordinator. The public is encouraged to seek out their legislators and discuss these matters. Volunteers will be available to help those who attend.
Stop Obamacare Penalties Now Rally
Tuesday, February 4th, 2012 at 12:00 Noon
Oklahoma State Capitol
NE 23rd and Lincoln Boulevard
1st Floor Rotunda
Website: Stop Obamacare Penalties Now
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