U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, made the following statement after Attorney General of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt filed an amendment complaint challenging implementation of President Obama's Affordable Care Act:
"I applaud Attorney General Scott Pruitt for his leadership in fighting for Oklahoma's job creators and against excessive government overreach," said Inhofe. "The Internal Revenue Service has overstepped its boundary with attempting to hike taxes on Oklahoma's employers by redefining ObamaCare's mandate tax. While the IRS may have trouble shuffling through the 2,200 pages of ObamaCare, one thing we know for certain is it is filled with broken promises. This law continues to cost our economy jobs and threaten businesses from growing. Thanks to Pruitt, Oklahoma is leading the charge to block ObamaCare and its excessive taxes in the state."
Oklahoma first challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act in January of 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. The lawsuit was stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Florida case. This allowed Oklahoma the ability to amend the complaint.