In recent weeks legislators at numerous state capitals have been at work putting together healthcare freedom acts in response to the Federal healthcare system overhaul signed by president Obama in late March.
The lawmakers are mainly seeking to block a state or Federal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, and the first bills have already been sent to several governors for signature.
On May 5, the Republican-controlled Oklahoma legislature sent House Joint Resolution 1054, the Freedom of Healthcare Choice Act, to Democrat Governor Brad Henry. The bill was supported by nine House Democrats.
"The fallout from ObamaCare continues to fuel rebellion in the states," said Christie Herrera,
health task force director at the American Legislative Exchange Council, who is coordinating the nationwide effort.
"[We applaud] Oklahoma lawmakers for protecting their citizens from abusive Federal power when other state officials will not," Herrera added.
Last week Georgia’s legislature sent similar legislation to Governor Sonny Perdue’s desk. Perdue had also appointed special counsel to represent Georgia in the multi-state challenge of the Federal health reform law.