TULSA - It will soon be against Oklahoma law to make a person or employer participate in any healthcare system.
Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly passed State Question 756.
"It'll be interesting to see how the federal government interprets it," Senator Dan Newberry said.
The Republican lawmaker is behind one of the state's latest state constitutional amendments.
Citizens and employers can now "opt-out" of the new federal health care reform bill.
A handful of other states have passed similar legislation.
"Our attorneys general can ban together and say not only is this in offense to our people, but it's against our laws," Senator Newberry.
Lawsuits are currently pending against the federal reform legislation.
The newly elected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt hasn't said if he'll officially join them.
In a recent interview with 2NEWS, Democratic Senator Tom Adelson said everything depends on the courts, "If it's constitutional we will be mandated to provide that. If it's unconstitutional then the question is moot."
It's not clear just yet on what impact SQ756 will have on the state and it's programs.
Senator Adelson says opting out has always been an option.
"The national healthcare reform does say that states can opt out. We can opt out as long as we, on our own, meet these coverage initiatives," Sen. Adelson said.
Those initiatives are already in place with two state run healthcare programs.
More than 825,000 people rely on SoonerCare and another 35,000 use Insure Oklahoma.
Some worry if the new law will impact the programs' federal funding.
Senator Adleson says the passage of SQ756 is only symbolic.
"Certainly the Oklahoma people have spoken, to the tune of 65-percent, saying we don't want any part of this and that does have symbolism in it. But there's also teeth inside the bill," Sen. Newberry said.
State Question 756 becomes law on January 1, 2011.
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