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11/18/2012 3:55:00 AM
Haley refuses state-based healthcare exchange

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ahead of the Saturday deadline for states to decide if they intend to participate in the health exchange program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Haley’s letter informed Sebelius that South Carolina “should not and will not set up a state-based health care exchange.”

Haley established a committee of South Carolina stakeholders to determine the implications of the state’s participation in the program. After several months of research and public hearings, that committee recommended to Haley that South Carolina not participate.

Under PPACA, the governor wrote, “the federal government is required to establish exchanges and gave individual states the choice to participate. Yet, as we worked through the process of analyzing options available to South Carolina, it became abundantly clear that state ‘participation’ was in name only.”

“[T]he law’s state-based exchange programs are not state-based at all. Instead, they simply pass along to the state the burdens of a new and cumbersome bureaucracy,” she continued.

Additionally, Haley called for federal officials to provide all states with clear guidance on how state-based, partnership, and federally-facilitated exchanges will work or to delay the implementation deadline.

Two of South Carolina’s representatives in Washington, Senator Jim DeMint and Congressman Jeff Duncan, applauded Haley for refusing to participate in the program.

“I applaud Governor Haley for putting the people of South Carolina first, and saying ‘no’ to this monstrous and inefficient ObamaCare program,” Duncan said. “As I’ve said from the beginning, ObamaCare interferes with doctor/patient relationships, costs too much money, doesn’t improve the quality of medical care, and is a major abuse of federal power. I’m proud of South Carolina’s decision, and am hopeful that more states will follow suit.”

Senator DeMint echoed Duncan’s sentiments.

“Her decision will help shield South Carolina from job destroying tax increases on state businesses, save taxpayers millions of dollars in set up costs, and allow our state to fight for health care solutions that don’t limit choices of families and doctors,” DeMint said. ObamaCare is already failing, forcing businesses across the country to cut back wages and hours while increasing health care costs and things will only get worse. We must continue to fight for full repeal of this government takeover and for commonsense solutions that expand health care freedom.”

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Jana Fede

I've lived all over this state and the Greenwood DMV along with the courthouse is the only one where the employees are rude and the wait is long. Currently I am living on the coast and all state employees are smiling and helpful. Don't judge all by yours, Mr. Henderson.

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Henderson

So, conservatives will keep us in the stone age. Wonder how we ever got out of the stone age without government intervention but WE DID?

ObamaCare will take health care back to the stone age. With NO competition quality will suffer as there is no need to try to do better to keep your business. Case in point is the DMV. No competition and quality of service is barely adequate. Is that what you want for your health...barely adequate.

Company provided insurance over the years since WW2 has given us a health standard of living comparable to none including Europeans. We live longer and are generally healthier way into our 70's and 80's. Living to be 100 years old is not near as rare as it once was.

That is all about to change as government sponsored health care will necessarily mean that finite monies for healthcare will go to those whom the government deems qualified. Who will qualify? Those with jobs who can contribute to society. Very young children and the retired will NOT get the healthcare needed and will be allowed to die as it is in the governments best interest to put money where it will do the most good and not squander it on someone who will die in the next few years anyway.

It will take a few years but most of us will suffer under the socialism that is taking over this country...It didn't work in the Soviet Union, not in China, nor anywhere else it was established. What makes any of you think it will work here?

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: James Deale

John, a single payer system would destroy the quality of care and medicine. Competition is what drives quality because they compete for your business, if the feds would allow us to purchase out of state insurance the options would increase...lowering premiums. But, a private company can't compete with a government entity that doesn't have to make a profit. Compare the service of Fed-Ex to the US Post Ofiice...the Post Office is billions in the red and the quality sucks...these are the same people you want running your healthcare???? Wake up man!

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: john williams

Republicans would rather the insurance companies continue to profit as middlemen. there is nothing wrong with giving protections to individuals. Also, a single payer system would have ultimatley rid business from the burden of providing insurance to their workers. Unfortunatley the conservatives in this state say this is too European. Conservatives will keep us in the stone age as long as they can.

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Henderson

For all of you who think ObamaCare will take care of you...If you are too old, too young, or too sick it won't. They will give you pain pills and send you home because you will not be worth the expense to taxpayers because some unelected bureaucrat will deem it so, not your doctor, not your hospital, not your pastor, and not your congressman.

No, you will lose your current health care because your employer will drop it because he can't afford it so you will be relegated to ObamaCare, where, when the money becomes scarce, you will be sent home to die.

As for the rich paying "their fair share" they already pay around 65% of ALL federal taxes collected. Their "so-called" fair share in additional taxes will run the federal government for about NINE DAYS, a drop in the bucket but you should be happy about this.

Their fair share also means they cannot afford to hire people and provide health insurance for them. Congratulations and welcome to the New United States of ObamaCare.

Most folks didn't read or pay attention to any of the healthcare debate and now all of us will have to pay with additional taxes, yes, you, too, and with our lives that will end sooner than they otherwise would have and NO new drugs for battling cancer and other diseases because ObamaCare can't and won't cover the costs of these new drugs.

Sorry, that's all folks. Elections DO have consequences.

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