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      State Senator holds public hearing for proposed anti-Obamacare bill

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - State Senator Tom Davis held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss the Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act. The proposed legislation would make it illegal for state employees to buy into the Affordable Care Act.

      "There's no obligation in the United States of America for a state to spend its money and to tell its employees to carry out a federal law," said Davis, who represents District 46. "When we see the Affordable Care Act hurting South Carolinians, we see policies being dropped, we see the patient doctor relationship being interfered with, we see premiums going up, I think there are things South Carolina can do legally and constitutionally to mitigate those negative impacts."

      About 75 people met Davis and six others -- three Republicans and three Democrats -- at North Charleston City Hall to discuss the matter.

      One of those against the bill was Thomas Dixon, pastor of Summerville Christian Fellowship.

      "Hopefully, the people of South Carolina will realize that this bill is a direct attack on them and their rights as American citizens," said Dixon.

      If the bill is passed, state employees would be required to pay the $100 fee to opt out of Obamacare in exchange for a state tax break.

      "You give tax deductions that means tax revenue for the state is going down," said Dixon. "Something is wrong with that. So, the money that's going in is decreasing just in order to spite the Affordable Care Act."

      The legislation passed the House over the summer. It will be one of the first bills to be discussed when the Senate convenes in January. {}{}

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