OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (PNN) - July 30, 2012 - The Fascist Police States of Amerika Supreme Court may have declared that the government can order Amerikans to get health insurance, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to obey.
Nowhere is that more evident than Oklahoma, a conservative state with an independent streak and a disdain for the strong arm of government. The state cannot even get residents to comply with car insurance laws; roughly a quarter of the drivers here lack it, one of the highest rates in the country.
When it comes to health insurance, the effort to sign people up isn’t likely to get much help from the state. Antipathy toward illegitimate President Obama’s unlawful health care overhaul runs so deep that when the federal government awarded Oklahoma a large grant to plan for the new law, the governor turned down the money - all $54 million of it.
The idea that the federal government will persuade reluctant people here to get insurance elicited head-shaking chuckles at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, an iconic old restaurant in the Stockyards City neighborhood, which is lined with street banners reading, “Where the Wild West still lives.”
“That kind of frontier mentality maintains in Oklahoma, and it’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing,” said Mark Cunningham, 64, an Army veteran having breakfast with a couple of friends in a dimly lighted booth recently. Considering the car insurance statistic, he said, “I suspect they’re going to run into the same kind of trouble on health insurance.”