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South Carolina On Its Way To Criminalizing Obamacare

May 3, 2013 by  

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that, if it becomes law, will make it a crime to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act anywhere in the State.

The so-called “nullification bill” cleared the House on a 65-39 vote. It’s a pretty ambitious bill. Among other things, it would:

  • Give citizens a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction for the amount they pay as a penalty to the Federal government for opting out of mandatory insurance under Obamacare.
  • Authorize the South Carolina Attorney General to issue restraining orders and temporary injunctions to anyone who is deemed to be “causing harm” by following Obamacare.
  • Establishes criminal penalties and civil liability for anyone who attempts to enforce Obamacare.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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