Rep. Mark Sanford talks about Medicare bid program with small business owners in North Charleston today

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., will visit ABC Medical LLC in North Charleston May 29. (Schuyler Kropf/postandcourier.com)

Schuyler Kropf

At one stop in a series of “roving town hall meetings” today, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discussed the Medicare Competitive Bid program with small business owners in North Charleston.

Daniel Gooch, president of the South Carolina Medical Equipment Services Association, told Sanford that the bidding process discriminated against small companies, which can’t compete on price with large corporations.

“The real problem with it is if you’re not awarded a contract, you have to stop participating in the Medicare program altogether,” Gooch said.

The meeting was held at ABC Medical LLC, a medical supplies company, on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

Sanford said he discussed the issue of competitive bidding with one constituent on the campaign trail.

“Thank you for taking a couple minutes to educate me,” he told the group.

Sanford has four other events in the Lowcountry on his agenda today: a breakfast at the Mount Pleasant Belk, a meeting with families from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a talk at a local Rotary club and a meeting at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read more in an upcoming edition of The Post and Courier.