South Carolina’s sixty acute care hospitals posted an aggregate profit of $2.5 billion between 2008 and 2011, according to a document prepared by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).
However sixteen of these facilities lost money over that time period – including one in Anderson, S.C. which lost nearly $100 million.
The document – which has been cited on several occasions by Haley’s health czar Tony Keck – aims to buttress Haley’s opposition to expanding Medicaid eligibility in the Palmetto State in connection with U.S. President Barack Obama’s new socialized medicine law. In keeping with the right granted to South Carolina under last year’s controversial Supreme Court decision on “Obamacare” – Haley has pledged to veto such an expansion.
We support Haley’s decision – as we have supported other governors who chose similarly – however it’s worth noting that Haley has already spent tens of millions of dollars inflating the state’s Medicaid rolls independent of Obamacare.
In fact the state’s Medicaid budget is expected to grow from $5.9 billion to $6.5 billion in the current fiscal year – while adding a whopping 130,000 new beneficiaries.
Just call it “Haleycare …”
Special interests bristled at Haley’s report.
“We all know that past performance is no indication of future success,” the head of the S.C. Hospital Association told The Anderson Independent Mail.
Wait … it isn’t?
The Hospital Association is one of several left-leaning lobbying groups pushing legislators to approve the Obamacare expansion.
Again, we support Haley’s decision to oppose this expansion (hypocritical as it may be in light of her “Haleycare” spending) but her administration’s efforts to demonize hospitals for turning a profit strikes us as curious coming from a “Republican” who is presiding over record government growth (and a shrinking workforce).