The South Carolina state House would like you to know that it really, really, really doesn’t like ObamaCare. It delivered this message by passing a bill on Wednesday called the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act, which declared ObamaCare “null and void,” and it aims to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.”
Furthermore, according to the Washington Times, the bill permits the state Attorney General “to restrain by temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or permanent injunction” anyone he has “reasonable cause” to believe is harming individuals or businesses with the implementation of ObamaCare. Wow. Given how much harm the ObamaCare train wreck is inflicting, that would be a lot of injunctions and restraining orders. The AG’s office had better stock up on legal-sized printer and copy paper.
As the Washington Times recalls, South Carolina’s Republican governor, Nikki Haley, has already vowed to oppose ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid in her state, which she says doesn’t want it and can’t afford it, “not now, not ever.” That’s a very different level of resistance than passing a state bill that would largely nullify ObamaCare.
Despite the fiery language declaring the health-care takeover entirely “null and void,” it sounds like the balance of the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act is a bit more specific, since it talks about keeping “certain individuals” from enforcing the law, and includes the qualification that the Attorney General must have “reasonable cause” to believe offending officials are causing harm by implementing ObamaCare.
The State of South Carolina says that legislators who supported the bill describe it as “resistance ot the Affordable Care Act,” rather than outright nullification. Apparently the initial version of the bill was much tougher, providing “felony and misdemeanor penalties” for state or federal employees who tried to carry out any of ObamaCare’s provisions. The version that passed the House “limits the bill’s scope only to those parts of the health-care law that the state deems unconstitutional,” and affects only “state actors.”
Read More at humanevents.com . By John Hayward.
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