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Gov. Nikki Haley to Feds: We Won't Participate in Health Care Exchange

Letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In a move she's been promising for some time, Gov. Nikki Haley informed officials with the federal government that South Carolina "should not and will not set up a state-based health care exchange.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secetary Kathleen Sebelius, Haley said that the state-based exchange exists in "name only" and that instead it makes mandates on the state through the creation of a new bureaucracy.

The letter is attached to this article.

The governor also said that the state has not received clear instructions on how the exchanges will work and requested a delay in implementation.

“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.

Sen. Jim DeMint released the following statement upon hearing of Haley's decision:

“Governor Haley should be applauded for standing up for South Carolina patients, doctors, and taxpayers by opposing the creation of an Obamacare exchange in our state,” said Senator DeMint. “Her decision will help shield South Carolina from job destroying tax increases on state businesses, save taxpayers millions of dollars in set up costs, and allow our state to fight for health care solutions that don’t limit choices of families and doctors. Obamacare is already failing, forcing businesses across the country to cut back wages and hours while increasing health care costs and things will only get worse. We must continue to fight for full repeal of this government takeover and for commonsense solutions that expand health care freedom.”

Ken November 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
"This is a private club Ken, the first amendment doesn't exist here. Deal with it." The Reich-wing has spoken.
JoSCh November 17, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Pay attention Ken, I'd hate to see someone who is normally rational lash out at facts like a Republican. Amnesty for Friday night maybe? This IS a private website, we're NOT protected by the first amendment here. Deal with it.
Jim Minkler November 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Feel the same way
Shripathi Kamath November 17, 2012 at 05:49 AM
This is going to usher in "single payer" faster than you can shout "socialism". We do not even get to "public option". For a state that is red since basically ever, and receives more in federal outlays than it generates in revenues, has high unemployment, shouts "personal responsibility" except when its governor goes AWOL or any other time, this is irony. Obamacare will be the only way people will get healthcare in SC. lol
Shane in Red Bank November 17, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Thing is, she already accepted the One Million Dollar grant, given by the feds to help states implement the exchange. If SC isn't going to try it out, why accept the money?? Maybe Haley will take her staff full of buddies and family members on a big vacation to spend some of those big raises she gave all of em while the teachers take another pay cut....who knows, she may meet ANOTHER man, and have ANOTHER affair, while her husband is off defending the country!! What a classy gal!!

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