S.C. remains in dark on value of Obamacare

info@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2013 

Just when one has digested the abysmally stupid remark of S.C. Health and Human Services director Tony Keck, stating that people "won't become healthier by getting Medicaid cards" to excuse the state's unwillingness to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of people at little or no cost to the state for several years, we read that the legislature is debating whether or not the attorney general should take health insurers to court if he "has reasonable cause to believe they are harming people by implementing the Affordable Care Act."

The Affordable Care Act is also known as Obamacare to those of us who respect our president and applaud this national effort.

Will someone please tell me how people having health insurance, visiting doctors in a timely manner and getting necessary medications could be detrimental to a state that ranks 46th in the nation in the health of its people? And how the state can ignore the entreaties of hospitals, medical associations and other health care providers who favor the Affordable Care Act?

The words of James L. Petigru, a South Carolina legislator and attorney general from the 19th century, come to mind effortlessly: "South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum."

Barbara Temple


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