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Gov. Nikki Haley to Sebelius: S.C. will not set up a state-based health
web posted November 16, 2012
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley sent a
letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Thursday ahead of today’s 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). In the letter, Gov.
Haley informed Sec. Sebelius that South Carolina “should not and will
not set up a state-based health care exchange.”
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.”
“The 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.
The governor also urged federal officials to provide all states with
clear guidance on how state-based, partnership, and
federally-facilitated exchanges will work or to delay the
“The amount of uncertainty in our economy is growing given the lack of
information available from the federal government at a time when we can
hardly afford it,” the governor wrote.
was praised for her stand against ObamaCare in South Carolina by
members of Congress.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said, “Governor Haley should be applauded
for standing up for South Carolina patients, doctors, and taxpayers by
opposing the creation of an Obamacare exchange in our state,” said
Senator DeMint. “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.
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
South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan stated, “I applaud Governor
Haley for putting the people of South Carolina first, and saying ‘no’
to this monstrous and inefficient ObamaCare program. 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.”
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