The “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” or South Carolina’s House Bill 3101, will likely pass through the South Carolina Senate chamber and could effectively eliminate Obamacare in South Carolina. It could also serve as a model that other conservative states could look to when trying to formulate their own plans for eliminating Obamacare in their states.
In all likelihood South Carolina will soon be the first state to exempt their populace from any participation in the Obamacare scheme.
State Senator Tom Davis, who sponsored the bill, says, “It will essentially have five components to it, all of which in my judgment are legal, effective, and within the state’s power to do. 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.”
South Carolina’s Senate is dominated by Republicans, but even some of the Democrat members are likely to agree to the bill. Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) has been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare and will also very likely jump at the chance to be the first Governor in the United States to stand up to the Obama administration by outlawing Obamacare in South Carolina.
Of course, the federal government could enact and handle Obamacare in South Carolina without the state’s help, but given how badly the Obamacare rollout has gone thus far, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to do this effectively. Things will only get worse as other Republican dominated states move forward with similar plans. There is just no way that the federal government can make Obamacare work if some states simply refuse to comply with the law.
The talking heads and political wonks may not believe that nullification still exists… but it does. There can be no real balance of power between the states and the federal government without it. So let’s stand and cheer South Carolina on as they prove a state still has the right to nullify federal law. Way to go, Palmetto State!
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