COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina has joined a 20-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to declare the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as unconstitutional.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the move Feb. 26.
The court complaint says the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — forces an unconstitutional and irrational regime onto the states and their citizens.
“I’ve always fought for the rule of law and the preservation of freedom and this law is clearly unconstitutional,” Wilson said in a news release. “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that Congress cannot force citizens to buy health insurance. I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution so I have to be part of this fight to throw out the law.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the coalition’s legal brief in Texas.
In addition to South Carolina, other states participating are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.