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Sponsors: Senators Leatherman, Rose, McConnell, Campsen, Fair, Rankin, Cromer, Alexander and Elliott
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Introduced in the Senate on January 11, 2011
Currently residing in the Senate
Summary: Healthcare Freedom Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/1/2010 Senate Prefiled 12/1/2010 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance 1/11/2011 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 9) 1/11/2011 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance (Senate Journal-page 9) 4/14/2011 Senate Committee report: Favorable Banking and Insurance (Senate Journal-page 15) 4/18/2011 Scrivener's error corrected 6/6/2012 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 113)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
April 14, 2011
Introduced by Senators Leatherman, Rose, McGill, Campsen, Fair, Rankin, Cromer and Alexander
S. Printed 4/14/11--S. [SEC 4/18/11 11:47 AM]
Read the first time January 11, 2011.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 5) to amend Chapter 38, Title 1 of the 1976 code to enact the "Healthcare Freedom Act", by adding Section 38-1-40 to provide that a citizen of, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
DAVID L. THOMAS for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
Department of Insurance
The department estimates that this bill would generate additional phone inquiries to the Office of Consumer Services; however, any additional costs associated with the increased workload are expected to be minimal and will be absorbed by the agency using available resources.
Office of State Budget
TO AMEND CHAPTER 38, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE TO ENACT THE "HEALTHCARE FREEDOM ACT", BY ADDING SECTION 38-1-40 TO PROVIDE THAT A CITIZEN OF THIS STATE HAS THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE OR REFUSE TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNMENT MAY NOT ENACT A LAW THAT WOULD INTERFERE, RESTRICT, OR PUNISH A CITIZEN FOR EXERCISING THESE RIGHTS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT ANY LAW TO THE CONTRARY SHALL BE VOID AB INITIO.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act may be cited as the "Healthcare Freedom Act".
SECTION 2. Chapter 38, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-1-40. A citizen of this State has the right to purchase health insurance or refuse to purchase health insurance. The government may not interfere with a citizen's right to purchase health insurance or with a citizen's right to refuse to purchase health insurance. The government may not enact a law that would restrict these rights or that would impose a form of punishment for exercising either of these rights. Any law to the contrary shall be void ab initio."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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