MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Thirty TEA Party activists from Myrtle Beach and Horry County are joining up with political minds from across the state to converge at the State House in Columbia Tuesday morning. The goal: nullify the Affordable Care Act.
"We're going to support Representative Chumley's bill for nullification of Obamacare," said Myrtle Beach TEA Party member Joe Dugan.
Everyone converging on Columbia is in support of HB 3101, a prefiled bill stating the Affordable Care Act is in violation of Article 1 of the US Constitution.
"That's not working on behalf of the American citizen!" Dugan said. "That's penalizing people who are sick!"
This isn't close to the first time the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare by some conservative groups, has been challenged. The act has been taken to the US Supreme Court, but it was upheld. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley opted out of the Health Care Exchange set up by the law, but some area Democrats say that may actually hurt the very people conservative activists say they're trying to protect.
"That does not make sense," says Concerned Democrats member Dr. Subhash Saxena. "We are not getting back what we pay in."
Dr. Saxena says even though the state has opted out of the exchange, taxpayer dollars are still going towards the program even though no one in the Palmetto State takes part in it.
"That's a no brainer," he said.