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.”