South Carolina Free From Obamacare?


by Sonya Sasser

If the president can exempt himself from his own atrocious law, why can’t the state of South Carolina do the same for its citizens? Well, it certainly appears that the Palmetto State is going to actually try to become the first state to pass a law that would free its citizens and businesses from the Affordable Care Act.

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The bill is H3101 – “The South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.” It passed the State House of Representatives back in May, but it failed to make it through the Senate before the body adjourned in June. Democrats rejoiced, but the celebration was premature. It remained on the Senate calendar, and has been fast-tracked for consideration when lawmakers reconvene for the next regular session in January.

The main segment of the bill says that “No agency of the State, officer or employee of this State, acting on behalf of the state, may engage in an activity that aids any agency in the enforcement of those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and any subsequent federal act that amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that exceed the authority of the United States Constitution.

State Senator Tom Davis (the Bill’s sponsor) recently told the Daily Caller:

Republicans are relying on the 10th Amendment and a Supreme Court ruling to make the new law stick…What the Supreme Court said in Printz v. United States is that states are not merely political subdivisions of the federal government to carry out what the federal government does. They are sovereign entities. Congress can pass laws, but it cannot compel the states to utilize either their treasury or personnel to implement those federal laws….The proposed legislation renders the Affordable Care Act void or inoperable through a handful of provisions.

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