SC bill would set jail sentences for Obamacare enactors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A group of five state representatives would like to outlaw Obamacare.

The bill was introduced last week that, if passed, would send people to jail for trying to roll out the changes to the healthcare system in South Carolina that are outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Chumley (R-Spartanburg), Bill Taylor (R-Aiken), Garry R. Smith (R-Greenville), Chip Huggins (R-Lexington), and Don Wells (R-Aiken).

According to the bill, federal officials, employees and contractors charged with implementing Obamacare could face a jail sentence of up to five years. State officials and employees implementing the change could face a two-year jail sentence.

Obamacare "is invalid in this State, is not recognized by this State, is specifically rejected by this State, and is null and void and of no effect in this State," the bill reads.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision last June that the Affordable Care Act's requirement for people to buy health insurance is constitutional, but the states have the power to decide to set up state-run markets for uninsured people and small businesses.

States that opt out of the markets then return the power to the federal government to run their health care exchanges.

South Carolina is among more than 20 other states that have rejected the exchanges.