SC senator wants to take nullification out of anti-Obamacare bill


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COLUMBIA, SC — A Republican lawmaker says he plans to take the “nullification” out of the Obamacare nullification bill before the state Senate.

The federal Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – requires everyone to have health insurance or pay a federal tax. The state bill, H.3101, which will be before the state Senate when the Legislature reconvenes next week, would offer a state tax deduction to offset that federal tax, effectively removing the punishment for not following the law.

But state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, the chairman of a Senate subcommittee assigned to study the House bill, is preparing an amendment that would eliminate that tax deduction.

“The conversation really has gotten off the rails a little bit,” Davis said Wednesday, after holding three public hearings across the state that drew hundreds. “Everybody talks about nullification. This isn’t nullification. We can’t nullify.”

But while South Carolina can’t stop the law, Davis said lawmakers can make it difficult for the law to succeed.

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