Pruitt said the ACA gave a choice to states to set up a state exchange or not. Oklahoma didn't set up an exchange and thus wean't beholden to the subsidies or penalties for not signing up for health care. He thinks on the merits that there is a good chance that the case can be won. He said the administration is trying now to change the law after it has been passed. Any fix would have to come via the Congress. He said the HHS cannot put forth a regulation as the IRS would enforce the penalties.
Pruitt talked about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case about refusing to adhere to the ACA mandate to provide contraceptives for employees. He stated this is a religious freedom matter. He said while this is a for-profit company and isn't aware of non-profit companies that are suing.