Jan. 31 was truly a great day in South Carolina. From the pages of The Post and Courier we learned that Gov. Nikki Haley’s health care commissioners, including former S.C. Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck, claim they inadequately understood clearly published rules about implementation options under the Affordable Care Act back in 2011.

That failure of due diligence, or of conscience, now threatens the continuation of health care coverage for tens of thousands of South Carolinians. In other words, the governor’s commission is claiming an error of omission.

In even more uplifting developments, the same day’s paper reports that our fearless attorney general is taking bold legal action to make doubly certain that adequate health care will not reach those tens of thousands who are now the unwitting victims of the governor’s health care omission commission.

We move intrepidly into the 21st century guided by the same enlightened turn of mind that launched our glorious Civil War, which, just as the state’s approach to “affordable care” does today, benefited so many in need of a helping hand in its own era.

In our political philosophy, there are human beings who deserve decent health care and therefore have it already, and then there are, you know ... .

Philip Snead

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston