Two and a half years, two elections, and one Supreme Court case after Obamacare was enacted as the law of the land, a South Carolina lawmaker is threatening any official who helps implement the measure with a five-year prison sentence.
State Rep. Bill Chumley (R), who represents Spartanburg, pre-filed legislation last week to criminalize the legally-required implementation of Obamacare. U.S. News & World Report has more:
If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and “must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Federal officials caught enforcing the law, however, would be given stiffer punishment under the proposal.
Any federal employee or contractor enforcing the law “is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,” the bill proposes.
Of course, Chumley’s proposal is as unconstitutional as it is ridiculous. The Constitution establishes federal law as the supreme law of the land, trumping state law.
Still, Chumley’s is not a lonely quest. Though Gov. Nikki Haley (R) hasn’t weighed in on the proposal yet, state Sen. Lee Bright “is proposing similar legislation in the legislature’s upper chamber.” Republicans handily control both chambers of the legislature.
Unfortunately, conservative lawmakers in South Carolina are not the only ones to embrace such an extreme proposal. Last month, nine Wisconsin legislators backed a similar bill expressing their belief that Obamacare is unconstitutional and threatening to arrest any officials who tried to implement it in the state.