While many states have decided not to participate in Obamacare’s costly and regulation-heavy insurance exchange scheme, South Carolina is considering going the extra mile by declaring Obamacare participation a crime.
Passed in the house on Wednesday, the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act would “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article,” according to The Washington Times.
Apparently state legislators were listening when Republican Gov. Nikki Haley emphasized that South Carolina couldn’t afford the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “not now, not ever.”
“To that end, we will not pursue the type of government-run health exchanges being forced on us by Washington,” she said at her State of the State address. “Despite the rose-colored rhetoric coming out of D.C., these exchanges are nothing more than a way to make the state do the federal government’s bidding in spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on insurance subsidies that we can’t afford.”
The bill, which is now in the Senate Finance Committee, would allow the state Attorney General, “to restrain by temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or permanent injunction” any person who, upon a showing of probable cause, may be causing harm by implementing Obamacare.
If nothing else, the Palmetto State is sending a message from Columbia loud enough to be heard in the White House.
Read more at The Washington Times.
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