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6/4/2013 (1 year ago)

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Bill would even provide tax credits for people who refuse to participate.

South Carolina could become the first state in the union to nullify Obamacare. A bill before the state Senate would allow the attorney general to take businesses to court if he had reason to believe they were harming people by implementing Obamacare.

Obamacare will likely be a fiscal disaster for the nation.

Obamacare will likely be a fiscal disaster for the nation.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obamacare, South Carolina, nullify, Bill, Legislature, House, Senate, debate


CHARLESTON, SC (Catholic Online) - House Bill 3101 has already passed in the House and is now before the state Senate. If it passes, it could bring South Carolina to the forefront of the national Obama care debate just months before the full law takes effect.

The law would:

-Prevent any state agencies or employees from aiding "any agency in the enforcement of" Obamacare.
-Allow the attorney general to sue people or businesses he believes are harming others by forcing Obamacare.
-Provide tax relief for any South Carolina resident who must pay higher taxes to the IRS for Obamacare
-And would prohibit state and local governments from buying insurance to the federal health insurance exchange.

State legislators know that passing the bill will almost certainly result in legal challenges. State Sen. Kevin Bryant, (R-Anderson) said It is going to get us in court, as we all know. But ... it is worth the risk to see if we can protect our state from this far-reaching federal legislation."

However, not every legislator, even Republican, is quick to support the bill. Some Republicans and many Democrats say the bill is simply a symbolic gesture, meant to boost future political campaigns. They say he passing the bill at this point might even be counterproductive.

Attorney Bob Coble, who represents several South Carolina hospitals said "We need to make sure that companies - health-care providers in South Carolina - aren't faced with situation where the federal government says you must and the state government says you cannot."

Unfortunately, odds are the bill will not pass before the Legislature quits for the year. The Senate is scheduled to adjourn at 5 PM Thursday, and there are other bills ahead of it. The bill does not pass this session, you could pass next year, but it will likely be debated to the point of exhaustion.

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