Stop Obamacare Penalties Now was conceived as a multi-phase project. The first phase has been a great success. It consisted of twelve rallies in cities across Oklahoma, organized by local volunteers, with invited legislative and governmental speakers and a closing speaker to address future action. Hundreds of rally participants were invited by thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls. An already vibrant network of activists has been united and expanded in common cause – counteracting the penalties contained within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You might know the PPACA as Obamacare.
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 skyrocketed in others. More is to come – starting 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 number illustrate, an enormous financial burden will be imposed on the people of Oklahoma – with the impact on those who can least afford it particularly galling.
The entire Congressional delegation 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, implementation looms. Fortunately, there ARE things that can be done.
Numerous bills have been filed in the State Legislature to fight this battle. The second phase of this project is about to begin. Legislation will be tracked, and the public notified of votes and the lack of votes for pertinent bills. As the House and Senate act, eyes will be watching the process and voices will be raised, hopefully praising a concerted effort to use the authority of the State of Oklahoma to intercede between federal tyranny and individual freedom. Both positive and negative actions by individual Representatives and Senators will be widely reported.
To begin this next (but not final) phase of action, the public is invited to come to the STOP Capitol Day on Tuesday, February 4th. Several speakers will address the crowd, after which the public is encouraged to seek out their legislators and discuss these matters. Volunteers will be available to help those who attend. Here are the details:
What: Legislative Action Day
When: Tuesday, February 4th, 2012 at 12:00 Noon
Where: Oklahoma State Capitol
NE 23rd and Lincoln Boulevard
1st Floor Rotunda
Speakers: 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 (confirmed)
State Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman (invited)
State Representative Lewis Moore (confirmed)
State Senator Nathan Dahm (confirmed)
Closing Remarks – Bob Donohoo, STOP Statewide Coordinator
Website: Stop Obamacare Penalties Now
Facebook: Stop Obamacare Penalties Now