Changes could reduce uninsured by more than half; Gov. Haley won't back changes.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Residents of Red States, where leaders appear most opposed to President Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul, could stand to gain the most if the act is allowed to be fully implemented, according to one analysis. South Carolina ranks No. 4 on the list with a high percentage of uninsured residents who could qualify for Medicaid under Obamacare's new rules that open Medicaid to individuals and families that make up to 133 percent of the poverty line, according to the Aol Daily Finance story. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has already vowed to reject the Medicaid expansion, Daily Finance reports. Her state has one of the highest percentages of uninsured citizens: 19.9 percent of South Carolinians under age 65 don't have insurance. 12.7 …
But they say they are 'not surprised' by the S.C. Republican governor.
In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, at least 15 governors have voiced their opposition. Gov. Nikki Haley logged on Facebook to make known her stance against the expansion. She wrote: “South Carolina will NOT expand Medicaid, or participate in any health exchanges. We will not support Pres. Obama's tax increase or job killing agenda. I WILL do everything I can to get Mitt Romney elected and work to strengthen our Senate so that we can repeal this unAmerican policy aimed at moving our country in the wrong direction.” South Carolina Democrats and industry professionals are concerned — but not surprised. “If George Bush hated black people, then …