The South Carolina State Senator who successfully passed the first nullification law out of his “Republican-controlled” chamber took to social media this week, warning his colleagues in no uncertain terms that they had better follow suit on a much bigger nullification test.
Tom Davis – whose bill nullifying the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in South Carolina passed the State Senate in late March – warned that “heads will roll” if State Senators fail to pass a S.C. House bill nullifying U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine monstrosity.
“SC House nullifies Obamacare,” Davis wrote on his Facebook page. “SC Senate must now concur. We’d better be up to task, or heads will roll.”
Damn … we haven’t seen Davis this saucy since last August, when he slammed U.S. Federal Reserve chairman (and South Carolina native) Ben Bernanke as a “traitor” and a “dictator” (criticisms which aren’t as off base as you might think).
Our only concern? That “Republican” lawmakers will use the eventual failure of this bill – either in the legislative process or in court – as a pretext for supporting the massive Medicaid expansion associated with Obamacare.
Remember, this is the same argument that played out back in 2009 – when “Republicans” (including S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley) strenuously objected to the Obama “stimulus” but then voted to greedily lap up its funding anyway.
Isn’t it ironic (don’t ya think)?
There’s also some irony in this fight, as Haley’s administration has pushed for – and succeeded in generating – a surge in Medicaid enrollment in South Carolina.
Anyway … it’s worth pointing out that the Obamacare nullification bill that cleared the S.C. House was stripped of several of its most controversial enforcement provisions, rendering it more of a symbolic gesture than anything else.
Remember, the original version of the bill held that any federal employee attempting to enforce Obamacare would be “guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years,” while any state employee attempting to enforce the law would be “guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years.”
Both of those provisions were scrapped from the bill that passed the House by a 65-34 vote (with at least a dozen Republicans – including some of the bill’s original sponsors – sitting on the sidelines).