As it becomes increasingly apparent that ObamaCare is going to be even more of a nightmare than most people imagined, a certain dread has set in. It’s like this giant tsunami wave is coming toward us and we’re like deer caught in headlights…there seems to be absolutely nothing we can do to escape it.
But maybe, just maybe, there is, especially if you live in a red state. The South Carolina House of Representatives recently passed the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act” by a 65-34 vote, and now it’s on to the Republican-controlled South Carolina Senate. (That may be the first time I’ve ever used “South Carolina” three times in one sentence.)
The bill, if passed by the Senate, would then need the signature of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to become law. The essence of this bill is that it would for all practical purposes nullify ObamaCare within South Carolina. The bill prohibits agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving that potential implementation in the hands of a federal government which lacks the resources and personnel to carry out the programs it mandates, according to the Daily Caller.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Davis, said that Congress can pass laws, but can’t compel states to utilize their treasury or personnel to implement those federal laws. Two additional provisions to the bill that are being considered are outlawing Medicaid expansion and suspending the licenses of insurers who receive Affordable Care Act subsidies.
If South Carolina passes this bill and the end result is the nullification of ObamaCare in that state, other states are sure to follow. Legislators from Tennessee and Oklahoma are reportedly working on similar bills and awaiting the South Carolina results.
Do you think this South Carolina model could be the answer for people and businesses desperately trying to avoid the train wreck that ObamaCare is rapidly becoming? If South Carolina is successful, what do you think are the odds of your state following suit?