Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin just set an important precedent. By rejecting $54.6 million in federal money to begin implementation of ObamaCare, the governor has firmly set herself against the unconstitutional law and with the citizens of her state.
From Fox News:
To make it clear Oklahoma will develop its own plan, the state will not accept a $54.6 million federal grant for setting up a system where Oklahomans could shop for health insurance, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.
Fallin said the state instead will use state and private money to form the system.
This is a step that advocates of nullification in many states have long sought. After all, it’s pretty obvious that threats of non-compliance with the feds are empty to the point of pathetic when state budgets still depend on grants of federal money (which is siphoned from their citizens to begin with).
Fallin’s announcement reverses her decision two months ago to accept the federal money.
Obviously the governor is bowing to some form of public pressure. In this age of rampant and flagrant TSA molestation, it’s nice to see that pressure can still occasionally be successfully applied to public servants.
Perhaps other states whose legislatures have passed a version of the Health Care Freedom Act should consider following Oklahoma’s example.