SC governor Nikki Haley response to Obamacare, Letter to Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, No to state based health care exchange, Not state based at all
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”…Barack Obama
“About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per facility this coming year, according to government estimates.”…NE News Now
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes numerous tax hikes that transfer more than $500 billion over 10 years—and more in the future—from hardworking American families and businesses to Congress for spending on new entitlements and subsidies. In addition, higher tax rates on working and investing will discourage economic growth both now and in the future, further lowering the standard of living.”…Heritage Foundation
From the SC Office of the Governor Nikki Haley, November 15, 2012.
“Gov. Nikki Haley to Sebelius: S.C. will not set up a state-based health care exchange”
“COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ahead of tomorrow’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).
A copy of the governor’s letter to Sec. Sebelius is attached.
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.”
“[T]he 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 implementation deadline.
“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.”