South Carolina Republicans: Employer-sponsored health care should be a felony

Add five more Republican state legislators to the list of officials who didn’t get the memo regarding the Supreme Court, Marbury v. Madison, and the concept of judicial review.

In their zeal to somehow continue the now-settled fight over the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform law, five South Carolina Republicans have filed legislation requiring felony charges against any “employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce” any aspect of Obamacare.

Violators “must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

So what actions by any private companies that do business with the U.S. Government (including insurers themselves) might land their employees in prison? Here are just a few of the bigger-ticket items included in the Affordable Care Act that might trigger felony charges under a broad interpretation the GOP proposal:

  • Providing insurance coverage to employees
  • Offering insurance coverage to children with pre-existing conditions
  • Delivering Medical Loss Ratio rebate checks to patients
  • Accepting small business tax credits to pay for employees’ insurance
  • Much, much more.

Naturally, H 3101 sponsor Rep. Bill Chumley (R) insists that he wants to imprison all these otherwise law-abiding citizens because of “freedom.”

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