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Wednesday at North Charleston City Hall a panel of state lawmakers held a public meeting to get input from residents about the recently enacted Affordable Care Act.
Those attending included residents and organizations both for and against the plan. Many argue the state should accept the coming changes and work through the process. But lawmakers say that state residents shouldn't be forced to buy insurance plans and ACA may violate the U.S. Constitution.
Republican State Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort talked a little about the message they are trying to deliver to those attending.
"I want you to think that you have legislators that are open minded that are looking at the impact the affordable care act as having on their lives and we are taking steps to mitigate. That is what we are here to explore," says state Sen. Davis.
Wednesday's meeting is the final of three, two others were held in Greenville and Columbia.
The State Senate will begin debate on the effort to nullify the Affordable Care Act at the start of the 2014 legislative session January 14th.
In May South Carolina lawmakers in the House passed bill H.3101, also called the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act. The bill was handed off to the Senate. Now members from that body have started an effort to get their word out.
Lawmakers claim ACA will cost state taxpayers millions.
Republican House member Rep. Bill Crosby who represents portions of Charleston and Berkeley Counties is one of the sponsors of Bill H.3101. He said it is a matter of money. "If we don't do something about the Affordable Care Act it will put us in a financial bind, we could not really afford it."
But some question the motives of GOP lawmakers backing the bill. The plan has already passed at the federal level, but state lawmakers are not letting that stop them. Lawmakers say ACA is in violation of Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution which, in short, says ACA is violating state's rights and a citizen's right to choose.
While those backing the bill in the House and Senate are all Republican, State Rep. Crosby said the nullification is not politically motivated. "A lot of people want to say it's just the conservatives and the Democrats. It's not political you got to operated your state."
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