A bill has been passed by the South Carolina House that makes Obamacare “null and void” and its implementation a crime.
South Carolina’s Freedom of Health Care Protection Act intends 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,” according to The Washington Times.
The Independent Journal Review notes that earlier this year, in her state of the state address, Gov. Nikki Haley said that South Carolina does not want and cannot afford Obama’s plan, “not now, not ever.”
The measure gives South Carolina’s Attorney General the authority, with reasonable cause, “to restrain by temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or permanent injunction” any person who is believed to be causing harm to any person or business with the implementation of Obamacare.
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As consumers began the process of being able to shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces, they came across some bugs in the system. CBS DC reports that Gov. Haley took the new glitches as an opportunity to again hammer the law itself.
“Our job is to get the information out there. The feds’ job is to make it work. Unfortunately, it’s not working,” said Haley, explaining that her office and her state’s Medicaid agency fielded calls from residents struggling to use the federal website. “We’re going to continue doing what we can, but this is continuing to be the mess we thought it would be.”