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SC Fiscal Conservatives Assail “HaleyCare”

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A leading limited government advocacy group is blasting S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for her support of $83 million in new government health care spending for the coming fiscal year.

“In the middle of an intense battle to protect our state from ObamaCare, our flank is ambushed by Governor Haley,” says Talbert Black, leader of the Palmetto Liberty political action committee.

In an email to his supporters, Black accuses Haley of wanting to “saddle us with more government spending on medical programs.” He also implies there may be a less-than-ethical motivation for her hypocrisy.

“Remember, Haley was the subject of a House Ethics committee investigation last year for accusations that she used her position as a sitting House member to benefit her employer,” he writes, referring to Haley’s lobbying efforts on behalf of Lexington Medical Center.

Despite compelling evidence attesting to her guilt, Haley was nonetheless cleared of wrongdoing by her former colleagues – however her case will be heard later this year by the S.C. Supreme Court.

Ethical issues aside, Haley’s record on health care spending is atrocious. During her first year in office she approved $225 million in bailout money for her cash-strapped S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS). She’s also spent more than $60 million on a bid to expand the state’s Medicaid population.

Last October, her SCDHHS director Tony Keck said his agency would need at least $200 million in new money.

“Remember how she railed against ObamaCare?” Black writes. “Now we know she was secretly plotting her own HaleyCare at the same time.”

For the record, Haley is opposed to the Medicaid expansion included in U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law. However her ongoing efforts to further expand the Palmetto State’s already over-inflated Medicaid rolls makes Black’s criticism legitimate.

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