Well actually, when I say "secede" from Obamacare, I am really describing nullification. Any state has the right to opt out of any federal law that violates the Constitution, regardless of what the Supreme Court says (screw you John Roberts). South Carolina may be the first state to nullify the so-called "Affordable Care Act" by exempting all of its citizens and businesses from participating in Obamacare.
South Carolina's House voted in favor of banning Obamacare from its state by a vote of 65-34, and the state Republican-controlled Senate will vote on the bill (HB3101) in January.
Capitalism Institute reports:
The core of the “South Carolina Freedom of Heath Care Protection Act” (HB3101) outlaws any state employees, officers, or agencies from implementing Obamacare.Capitalism Institute also cites a Supreme Court case of Printz v. United States:
The federal government can try to subject South Carolinians to the horrors of the ACA – but they would have no personnel or funds in the state to actually carry it out. Obamacare would be nothing more than a ghost.
What the Supreme Court said … is that states are not merely political subdivisions of the federal government to carry out what the federal government does; they are sovereign entities. Congress can pass laws, but it cannot compel the states to utilize either their treasury or personnel to implement those federal laws.Note that kiddies: the states are sovereign entities, not merely subdivisions of the federal government. The latter answers to the former, not the other way around. May this spirit of states' rights expand and spread. It is exactly what the Founders intended.