The 2013 legislative session in Columbia may well become a watershed event in the reassertion of State Sovereignty and protection of the rights of the people of South Carolina. Senators Bright and S. Martin submitted a pre-filed bill that would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in South Carolina.
S. 102 would nullify not just the mandate portion of the ACA, but the entire bill as unconstitutional. It states:
The General Assembly declares that the federal law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, exceeds the power granted to Congress under the United States Constitution and therefore is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.
Passage would also prohibit the state of South Carolina from implementation the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and criminalize federal agents from attempting to do so as well:
Any official, agent, or employee of the United States or this State who knowingly undertakes any act within the borders of this State that enforces or attempts to enforce any aspect of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be sentenced to up to one year in prison or fined not more than one thousand dollars or both.
The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance. In the State House, Representative William Chumley pre-filed a companion bill in December. Report HERE.
A rally and press conference in support of Obamacare nullification will be held at the state capitol rotunda in Columbia, SC on January 8, 2013. DETAILS HERE
It is imperative that South Carolinians get an early start contacting their elected representatives to ensure they know that there is broad public support for S. 102. Encourage them to sign on to co-sponsor this legislation, or to co-sponsor the legislation in the House.
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
Get model legislation for your state here:
Track the status of Obamacare nullification bills in states around the country here:
Join the SC Nullify Obamacare group on Facebook HERE
To find your legislators and their contact information, please utilize the Find My Legislator tool on the South Carolina General Assembly’s website.
Also, be sure to contact Senate sponsors and thank them for introducing this important bill.