There’s been plenty said about the federal Affordable Care Act since Congress passed the health care reform bill in 2010.
South Carolina leaders haven’t wasted the opportunity to weigh in.
“As long as I am governor, South Carolina will not implement the public policy disaster that is Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.” Gov. Nikki Haley, Jan. 16.
“We had a similar thing in 1965 — I was around for this — when we did Medicare. Who is talking against Medicare today? So I look at Social Security, Medicare and I look at Obamacare and I do believe that it won’t be long before everybody’s going to embrace Obamacare.” U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., June 18.
“I’ve got people who are working day in and day out to implement a law that they poorly conceived and are poorly executing.” Tony Keck, director of the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, July 24.
“It’s an entirely new federal program so people are unaware at this point really what to expect, what the program will do. As we get closer to October, I imagine they will get their questions answered.” S.C. Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer, July 26.
“I can understand everyone’s confused. And, you know, a little bit — I would say — apprehensive because it’s a major change in our health care delivery system and I think there’s going to be unintended consequences.” Jeff Lehrich, CEO of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, Sept. 10.
“Beginning Jan. 1, no one in this country will be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.” Anton Gunn, director of external affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sept. 23.
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