SC Gov Haley Pressured To Break On Obamacare Medicaid Expansion


South Carolina state legislators are being pressured to turn on Governor Nikki Haley and accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. On Tuesday healthcare advocates will begin applying this pressure and a public forum.

The State reports,

The advocacy groups will stage a news conference at 10 a.m. the State House, a coalition-building and training meeting from noon-3 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel Downtown and a public forum at 6 p.m. at the USC School of Law. Robert Greenwald, director of the Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, will be the featured speaker at the training session.

Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council, helped put together the events designed to spread the word about what the ACA means to state residents. She also hopes to turn up the volume in the discussion about Medicaid expansion before the state Legislature convenes in January.

“South Carolina leadership must take steps to educate citizens about the new federal law because it will change how we gain access to health care for years to come,” Gaddist said. “This community forum is needed to make sure South Carolinians get information first hand from the leading health authorities in the state and nation.

“Simply stated, no South Carolinian can afford to just stay home. Whether young or old, insured or uninsured, everyone should come out and learn how health care reform will impact them and their families.”

According to Gov. Haley's Facebook post of July 1, 2012, she said:

"South Carolina will NOT expand Medicaid, or participate in any health exchanges. We will not support Pres. Obama's tax increase or job killing agenda."

Both Haley and her director of the state's Department of Health and Human Services Tony Keck, “see Medicaid as a broken program that stifles innovation, discourages personal responsibility, and encourages fraud."

Under Obamacare, states may expand their Medicaid programs in order to cover adults who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level, about $15,000 for an individual.

According to Mr. Keck, for South Carolina to cave to the Medicaid expansion would increase South Carolina's share of the program by nearly $1.7 billion by 2020.

Medicaid and Medicare are two of the biggest drains of money on taxpayers. Adovcacy groups such as AARP, The United Way, and the March of Dimes claims that if South Carolina rejects the expansion, it could be potentially giving up $3 billion in federal money.

Now just stop and think about that. If we save the money, and all states would follow suit, that $3 billion doesn't first come from Washington. It was first confiscated from state residents. Washington is just returning a portion of what they took. My hope is that Governor Haley and Director Heck will stand strong under the assault they are about to face.

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  • J J

    Stand strong, Gov. Haley. Obamacare is unconstitutional regardless of what the Supreme Court says. If enough states refuse, maybe there is still a chance to repeal this monstrosity.

  • sbr823

    Gov Haley don't give in to the far left scum

  • Patriot

    Gov. Haley, PLEASE do not succumb to the obysmal's threats and thugs. Please do the right thing for SC and the country and do not give in.

  • LarryR

    Gov. Haley: Please "stand your ground"!!

  • Karen

    Go Nikki! We're proud of you in South Carolina! Stand tall and dig your heels in!

  • ginger

    Now is the time to come to the aid of our country! Stand fast.

  • mudguy1

    DON"T BACK DOWN !!!!! It is not just about healthcare.Our FREEDOM and our CONSTITUTION is at stake.

  • agbjr

    Don't break Nikki! South Carolina is the home of nullification. The State nullified the Tariff of 1829 and forced it's repeal. South Carolina can do it again to Obamacare. Be steadfast, Nikki, and stand firm on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. It's about the Constitution!

  • Ron G

    Stand fast Gov Haley. Advocate groups are usually self interest groups that cost the tax payers billions of dollars for no reason other then personnel wealth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3QVQHFISZFJUHY25MD2YWRSVI Mike C

    Gov Haley don't give in , I am along with 1000 more of us living in SC who back you 100%. Obama stole the election , he had his programmers who Soros supplied to rig all the machines in the Swing States. That is the only reason he won in Ohio,Florida,New Mexico , Colorado. Obama did not win one state where you had to show ID that the registered Voter was who he said he was. In New Mexico Obama had broght in Buss Loads of illegals to vote twice and then paid them with Cash , so no trail or receipts. In Indiana he brought people in from the surrounding states paid them with Food Stamps . In states like Illinois , Pennsylvania , in many of the Precints in Chicago & Philadelphia , Obama got 99% of the vote and Romney didn't get one vote which is mathematically impossible . Obama is aliar , a thief , adrug attack and the biggest phony in American History . We will get our country back .

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbre03 Misti Bre

    good for themtrue american state!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=841649104 Bobbi Anne White

    Sheriff Richard amack has some interesting observarions in regards to 10th Amendment. Sheriffs may be the line of defense against Obamacare . In fact, let"s not call it Obamacare anymore. Let's call it OBAMATAX.

    • just ramblin

      It is outright HIGH TREASON for any public official to give AID AND COMFORT to the ILLEGAL that is the ENEMY OF THE CONSTITUTION,so support this GOV. that is making a STAND AGAINST the PUKE TREASONOUS ILLEGAL occupying the highest office in the land.
      The SHERIFFS should ARREST and have any of those PUKES TRIED for TREASON when they come into our SOVEREIGN STATES.
      just rambling