The 2013 legislative session in Columbia will have numerous bills that aim to protect the rights of the citizens of South Carolina. Among these is Representatives Clemmons, G.R. Smith, Wells, Henderson and Long’s pre-filed bill that would be a major obstacle to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
With more than 20 state governors and state legislatures declaring they will not set up state exchanges, the highly unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is facing stiff opposition and pushback.
H. 3096 would prohibit the state of South Carolina from implementation of a Health Benefit Exchange under the auspices of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The text of the bill simply states:
“The State shall not elect to establish or operate an American Health Benefit Exchange as provided for in the federal ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ of 2010.”
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry. Unfortunately, the bill currently does not have a Senate sponsor, but sources indicate someone may be interested in sponsoring it.
In the meantime, 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 H. 3096. Encourage them to sign on to co-sponsor this legislation, or to sponsor the legislation in the Senate.
Get model legislation to ban the creation of exchanges in your state HERE
Track the status of state bills to ban exchanges HERE
South Carolina – Join our 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 House sponsors and thank them for introducing this important bill.