COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 10, 2013) – Just days after hundreds gathered in Columbia rallying in support of a bill that would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in South Carolina, momentum continues to build.
On Tuesday, more than 300 people descended on the Palmetto State capitol demanding lawmakers take action and stop implementation of Obamacare. The following day, three representatives signed on as cosponsors of H3101. On Thursday, two more followed suit. Eric Bedingfield (R-Greenville), Dennis Moss (R-Cherokee), Dwight Loftis (R-Greenville), Wendy Nanny (R-Greenville) and Michael Pitts (R-Laurens) all inked their names on the bill.
H3101 requires state lawmakers take every measure to “prevent the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the limits of this state.” The bill also provides for criminal penalties for any “official, agent, or employee of the United States government or an employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this article.”
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said the new cosponsors show what public support and pressure can accomplish.
“Knowing they have the backing of the people gives these folks courage. It can’t be a coincidence that five representatives signed on as cosponsors in the days after the huge rally. They know their constituents have their back,” he said. “The key is to keep the pressure on. Full-court press from now until the bill passes. It makes a huge difference, as we’ve already seen. Just look at all of the media reports out there. Heck, even the hostile attacks show we are making headway.”
If you live in South Carolina, call the new cosponsors and thank them. You can find contact information for all of the state representatives HERE.
Also, contact House Judiciary committee chair Rep. Delleney. Politely, but firmly and ask him to support H3101. You can contact him at 803-734-3120. You can find contact information for other Judiciary Committee members HERE.
Finally, contact your own senator and representative and ask them to push for passage of H3101.
If you live outside of the Palmetto State, ask lawmakers in your state to introduce health care nullification legislation. You can find model legislation and track efforts to nullify Obamacare throughout the U.S. HERE.