Columbia, SC — As daunting as the Affordable Care Act is, there is no reason to threaten criminal penalties on those required to comply. Yet that is exactly what state Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, proposes via H.3101, to make it a crime to assist in implementing Obamacare in South Carolina.
Rep. Chumley is targeting employees of federal and state governments and employees of corporations providing services to those governments. (Look out, insurance companies!)
This foolish reintroduction of nullification, the idea that a state can unilaterally veto federal law, would subvert the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, and punish those sworn to uphold it. Brothers fought a terrible war over nullification; and this issue is settled in favor of unity for our survival as a nation.
Nullification supporters point to certain states’ legalization of marijuana in defiance of federal law. Unlike Rep. Chumley, those states did not criminalize (with penalties up to five years imprisonment or a $5,000 fine) the enforcement of federal law within their borders.
The Constitution has vested the Supreme Court with power to decide “all cases arising under the Constitution and laws of the United States.” The court has ruled Obamacare constitutional.
If Rep. Chumley is not willing to work on legitimate options in an effort to set aside that decision, such as changing the law rather than bullying through his nullification idea, voters must recognize his lazy lack of statesmanship as delusional and destructive grandstanding.