WATCH: South Carolina to Outlaw Obamacare in Their State
South Carolina is poised to pass a bill that bans Obamacare in their state.
The bill’s original sponsor, State Senator Tom Davis, says “the proposed legislation renders the Affordable Care Act void or inoperable through a handful of provisions,” all which are “legal, effective, and within the state’s power to do.”
Below is the video of Michael Lotfi, one of the state executive directors for the Tenth Amendment Center, explaining the case for nullification. This video was taken on the steps of the capitol in South Carolina.
The core of the “South Carolina Freedom of Heath Care Protection Act” (HB3101) outlaws any state employees, officers, or agencies from implementing Obamacare.
The federal government can try to subject South Carolinians to the horrors of the ACA – but they would have no personnel or funds in the state to actually carry it out. Obamacare would be nothing more than a ghost.
Davis says this component stems from the Supreme Court case of Printz v. United States:
What the Supreme Court said … 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 state Senate’s vote on the bill will take place in January; it already soared through the state’s House with a 65-34 vote last April.
Right Wing News reports:
The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.
The bill would also outlaw the creation of any state exchanges as well as providing tax deductions to offset the penalties from the federal government for not participating in Obamacare. This would effectively render Obamacare null and void in South Carolina.
If this is successful – and there is plenty of reason to believe it will be – it could very well be a model for other states to follow.
“I think it is a mistake to try to make what has traditionally been a state issue into a national issue,” Obama said in regards to gay marriage last year; however, I expect he will conveniently abandon his shaky support of states’ rights in an effort to combat this. It is his “legacy,” after all.
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