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Hundreds Rally at Statehouse to Nullify Obamacare

Bills in House and Senate look to reject federal legislation.

Approximately 250 South Carolinians marked the start of the 120th General Assembly by taking to the Statehouse steps and calling for the nullification of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—more commonly known as Obamacare.

Senate Bill S 01012 would make it illegal for Obamacare to be implemented in South Carolina.

Harry Kibler of RINO Hunt, who helped organize the rally, believes the bill has a solid chance of passage. “We have a lot of people who understand the power of the free market and the importance of keeping the government from coming between the doctor and patient relationship,” Kibler told Patch.

Kibler said he does not believe the government should be taking on the role of insurer. “The patient has a lot of options when he can deal directly with the doctor. If they don’t like how their doctor or the insurance or dealing with them they have the option of going somewhere else.”

The aspects of Obamacare that are popular—such as keeping children on parents’ insurance until the age of 26 and not being excluded for pre-existing conditions—could be handled privately, according to Kibler. “People with serious illnesses should be given assistance through a charitable organization like a church or a community hospital. The fact that someone else gets sick should not affect my insurance rates. The government is not a charity.”

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Robert Kelly January 09, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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Sheri Irwin January 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Obamacare does not make medical care more affordable. It is designed to cause our premiums to skyrocket so companies will drop our insurance ad we get herded onto gov't "care". Doctors can no longer open hospitals. About 40 were in the planning stages when Ocare passed. They had to be scrapped. Hospitals cannot expand without the federal gov't's permission. In Obamacare hospitals cannot re-admit you within a 30 day period or they will be fined. I met a woman recently who found her mother on the floor. She assumed she had fallen and broke her hip. She took her to the hospital and they said she hadn't. So, she took her home and realized her mother was having a stroke. She rushed her back and the hospital refused to re-admit her. Fortunately she was able to get her to another hospital in time. A few months back a conference was held in DC for neurologists regarding Obamacare...they were told that if a patient came in that was bleeding out on the brain/stroke and they were over 70, they were NOT to do anything but make them comfortable. Doctors will be fined FIVE FIGURES if they don't do what they are told under Obamacare (even if it means letting the patient die). The second time? They are going to be thrown in jail! Over half the doctors say they are going to quit. Democrat representative Dingell said, after the bill passed, "It will take us a few years to get all the laws in place IN ORDER TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE". www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HnkxIh62dQ
Sheri Irwin January 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Robert, are you aware that Medicare DENIES patients at a much higher rate than private insurance companies? Also, fraud is very high under Medicare. The probem? The gov't is going to decide if you get medical or not. Who lives and who dies. Watch Dr. Janda tell what is going to happen. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HnkxIh62dQ
Sheri Irwin January 10, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Insurance companies can longer drop you if you get sick. A law was passed about 20 or 25 years ago forbidding them from doing so. That is the proper role of gov't...protecting life and property...not deciding who lives and who dies. You do know that under Obamacare illegals and muslims do not have to buy insurance? Obama keeps giving illegal executive orders giving illegals amnesty. He gave a million a backdoor amnesty a week or two ago. I do wish Congress would overturn his illegal executive orders. Don't you think that will be costly to Americans? How does forcing people to buy insurance who can't afford it help them? If the don't buy it they will be fined. How does that help them? Check out the video I posted above of Dr. Janda and Obamacare. It is alarming.
Sheri Irwin January 10, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I was wrong. It's not a five figure fine....it's a six figure fine!

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