GREENVILLE, S.C. | JOSHUA COOK | MAY 14, 2013 |
Last month, conservative grassroots activists helped pass Rep. Bill Chumley’s bill, the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act, H.3101 which nullifies aspects of Obamacare.
After the SC House passed this historic bill, Jesse Graston a key grassroots leader said,
“The word is that the Senate thinks it is going to be dead in the water upon arrival there. It’s easy for them to feel so confident in that statement, when they have not yet felt the brunt of all the activism that the House had to endure for the past 3 months. We must be willing to fight for this bill all the way to the Governor’s desk. The only way we win, is by us being willing to be more passionate about defending our liberties, than the other side is about taking them. Let’s get back to work!”
Grassroots activists definitely won a battle last month, but will they win the war?
For many grassroots activists it has been a very difficult struggle.
Recently, ThinkProgress, a left wing publication funded by George Soros attacked H.3101 as an “insidious new form of Obamacare Nullification.” According to the Tenth Amendment Center,
“The Soros-backed ThinkProgress is VERY upset about this part of the bill, because they know that if people don’t participate in the mandate, the federal act is done for.”
Not only have left wing organizations tried to stop the grassroots’ efforts, but many moderate Republican legislators have led the resistance also. After the SC House passed H.3101 to nullify Obamacare, over 70 representatives, including many Republicans, introduced a bill to expand Obamacare.
According the SC Policy Council, “The bill expressly states that the Department of Health and Human Services would create a new program – the Responsible Consumer Health Care Program H.4095 – funded “through Medicaid expansion funds provided pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
This audacious move by the House triggered red flags for the SC Policy Council (SCPC). Ashley Landess, President of SCPC, is concerned about the language in H.3101 that may give too much power to SC legislators. [See article here.]
Though H.3101 is not perfect, grassroots leaders know that H.3101 is the only option they have in stopping the State from implementing Obamacare. Grassroots activists are leading the nullification movement in full force and many in the SC Senate are on board.
“We owe it to the people of SC to get this bill to a vote after all the support they’ve shown,” Sen. Tom Corbin told Javan Browder, editor of Conservativefifty.com.
As reported by FitsNews.com, Sen. Tom Davis stated,“the SC Senate must concur. We’d better be up to the task or heads will roll.”
Last week Sen. Lee Bright said,
“It’s Thursday afternoon and were outside the Judiciary committee meeting on Ethics, but I wish we were having a finance committee meeting for H.3101 our bill to protect us from Obamacare. I urge you to call Senator Leatherman and pressure him to schedule a hearing for H.3101. I thank the House for all their great work on getting the bill passed, and I thank Bill Chumley for all his hard work. We’ve now got to ram it through sub-committee and full committee like we’ve done with so many other bills, we need to make this a priority. We need to keep moving and keep pushing. We got it through the House and now we need to get it through the Senate.
Throughout the US, conservative groups are trying to stop Obamacare from the negative effects it will have on the economy and in healthcare. Even top Democrats are distancing themselves, calling Obamacare a “Train Wreck!” According to the Washington Examiner, insurers predict 100%-400% Obamacare rate explosion.
In South Carolina, grassroots activists are taking no chances in defeating Obamacare and are planning a protest to urge Senator Leatherman to assign H.3101to a subcommittee and give it a hearing. (Protest events page.)