SC Nears Vote on 'Anti-Obamacare' Bill

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 02:16 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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South Carolina this week may be the first state to restrict the enactment of Obamacare.

A Republican bill would allow the state to haul businesses into court if it “has reasonable cause to believe” they are harming people by implementing the law, The State newspaper reports.

The law also would provide state tax deductions to offset federal tax penalties for those who don't comply with Obamacare.

The legislation, which has passed the South Carolina House, is expected to get a Senate vote before the legislative session ends Thursday.

If passed, the bill likely would spark a battle between the Palmetto State and the federal government.

"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," state GOP Sen. Kevin Bryant told the newspaper.

While some lawmakers see the legislation as little more than political haymaking, healthcare companies worry they could be in legal hot water with the state simply by doing business.

State GOP Sen. Larry Martin told the newspaper nothing in the bill prevents a business from participating in a federal health-insurance exchange.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, an outspoken opponent of expanding the state's Medicaid program under Obamacare, declined to comment on if she would sign the bill if it passes the Senate.



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