With ethics done, nullification moves to the top of the Senate’s agenda this week — which means it’s time for me to start paying more attention to the House.
I’ve tried to ignore the nullification debate because it such a colossal waste of time and energy.
At best, any attempt by the Legislature to disrupt Obamacare — other than by refusing to expand Medicaid — would accomplish nothing more than forcing S.C. taxpayers to foot the bill for a federal lawsuit that our state would lose.
At worst, I’m told by people who understand this area of state law far better than I do, it could force S.C. taxpayers to foot a much, much larger bill for changes we might eventually have to make to state government employees’ health insurance. Well, that, and prevent the Senate from dealing with any more important issues this year, beyond the budget.
But as I understand it, one of the big arguments against Obamacare is that it will wreck our economy by hurting businesses. So I thought it was interesting to see that the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, never a fan of Obamacare, making it clear last week that it is likewise no fan of nullification. Or of the proposal Sen. Tom Davis put out last week that he promises will avoid the constitutional problems of nullification while still striking a blow at Obamacare.
Here’s what the Chamber had to say in its weekly Competitiveness Update, distributed on Friday:
NULLIFICATION DEBATE ON THE HORIZON