Wednesday, August 1. 2012
While the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the government's ability to tax people who don't have health insurance, industry experts told the Washington Post that the implementation of the law in states such as Oklahoma will be rocky.
The state has made a number of moves in opposition of the bill, the paper reports, including the rejection of $54 million in funding to assist in the creation of the law. That level of resistance is also shared by some residents.
"We don't like people telling us what to do," said Chuck Mai, a spokesperson for AAA Oklahoma told the paper. "We know what we should do. We should buckle our safety belt every time we drive. We should drive sober. And we should have insurance on our vehicle. But having our law telling you to do those things sometimes has an adverse effect."
The eventual struggles which may be seen with the health insurance bill are reflected in other trends, such as drivers who don't carry car insurance. According to data collected by the Insurance Research Council, Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of uninsured motorists nationwide, with 23.9 percent of drivers lacking the required coverage.
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