The South Carolina state House passed a bill on Wednesday that makes the implementation of Obamacare a criminal act. The bill named The South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection makes The Affordable Care Act null and void in South Carolina. It passed the House 65 to 39.
Its stated intention is to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.”
Nullification as an alternative to secession is a controversial subject, but an idea obviously embraced by the South Carolina House. While some say the Tenth Amendment allows states to ignore federal laws they deem unconstitutional, many constitutional scholars argue against that notion. Although Gov. Nikki Haley (R) hasn’t confirmed that she would sign the The South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection bill, she seems to support the spirit of the legislation. Haley said recently,
South Carolina does not want, and cannot afford, the president’s health care plan. Not now, and not ever. To that end, we will not pursue the type of government-run health exchanges being forced on us by Washington. Despite the rose-colored rhetoric coming out of D.C., these exchanges are nothing more than a way to make the state do the federal government’s bidding in spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on insurance subsidies that we can’t afford.
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