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The SCGOP’s Empty Suit



South Carolina “Republican” Party (SCGOP) chairman Chad Connelly released a scathing statement earlier this week slamming Democrats in the S.C. House of Representatives for their support of a massive Medicaid expansion tied to Obamacare.

As well he should have …

The Medicaid expansion – one of the few optional components of U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law – would balloon our state’s Medicaid population by nearly 55 percent over the next seven years, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

“This is a permanent expansion of Medicaid that will bust our state’s budget,” Connelly said.

He’s right … of course Connelly, like most knee-jerk partisans of questionable political acumen, hasn’t learned how to stop when he’s ahead. His release went on to praise various “Republicans” for their commitment to finding “long-term solutions that will make sure that our citizens have better health coverage in perpetuity without breaking the bank.”

Among those praised in the SCGOP release? S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who recently received $50,000 from the party for her reelection bid.

FITS readers know this is pure hypocrisy. Under “Haleycare,” more than $60 million has been spent on expanding the state’s Medicaid population – and the Palmetto State’s “Republican” governor wants to spend additional money to expand that population even further in coming years. In fact this year alone, Medicaid rolls in South Carolina will expand by more than 130,000 people in the current fiscal year – while the state’s Medicaid budget will climb from $5.9 billion to $6.5 billion.

Wait … isn’t our economy supposedly “recovering?” Isn’t our state supposedly adding jobs?

And if so … then why are we adding more people to the Medicaid rolls?

And why are Republicans – including a Tea Party governor – pushing this expansion?

We get that Republicans are opposing the Obamacare Medicaid expansion – but why aren’t they also opposing the Haleycare expansion? Why is one unsustainable expansion “good” and the other “bad?” In fact isn’t the “Haleycare” expansion costlier given the higher percentage of state tax dollars it entails?

Not surprisingly, Connelly doesn’t have an answer for that. He continues parroting the same old tired partisan talking points (“Obama/ Democrat bad … Haley/ GOP good”) – refusing to acknowledge his party is guilty of the same sins as those he is excoriating.

What a hypocrite … which is why we have no use whatsoever for this empty suit anymore. Or the party he represents.