COLUMBIA – Memo to Congress: South Carolina affirms its sovereignty under the 9th and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Ditto for the Second and 14th amendments.
And when it comes to the proposed federal health care reform, thanks, but no thanks.
That’s the message the state Senate delivered on Tuesday, bringing an end to a fight that began last February. The brawl ended with a 31-11 vote – with all of the votes in opposition coming from Democrats.
Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Boiling Springs, broke rank and voted for the measure.
The resolution does not carry the weight of law, but informs Congress of the state’s position.
Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, one of the original sponsors of the resolution when it included only the 10th amendment, said he was glad to be finished with the protracted battle.
“If at first you don’t secede, try again,” Bright said with a laugh.
Bright said he was pleased with the final product.
“I think all of our rights are under assault, but assault on the 9th and 10th amendments is the most egregious,” he said.
In addition to affirming South Carolina’s Second-, 9th- and 10th-amendment rights, the measure also targets federal health care legislation by saying state residents are not subject to any law that:
— Interferes with the right of a person to choose their health care provider.
— Restricts a person’s freedom to choose a private health care system or plan.
— Interferes with a person’s or an entity’s right to pay directly for medical services