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Palmetto Policy Forum Releases #unAffordableCareAct Report

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COLUMBIA – Today, Palmetto Policy Forum released the report, The #unAffordableCareAct: Why Medicaid Expansion is Bad Medicine for South Carolina.  State Senator Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) was on hand to receive the report and welcomed its timeliness to the Senate’s debate on the budget and expansion which is occurring this week.

Dr. Oran Smith, who penned the publication, said, “Our goal is to provide reliable information that places this discussion in the larger context of what this means long-term for us as both a state and nation.  We need to stop and consider the bigger picture before we rush into expansion.”

Palmetto Policy President Ellen Weaver added, “This debate is about much more than whether to take three short years of supposedly ‘free money’ from Washington.  It is a generational decision with alarming implications for our state budget and future citizens for years to come. The facts as we now know them are incomplete and quite troubling.  Exploding costs, known waste and fraud and the cautionary tales of other states like Arizona, Tennessee and Maine urge extreme caution.”

She continued, “Thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer, South Carolina will not be forced to expand a failing, one-size-fits-all federal Medicaid ‘solution.’   Instead, legislators should take the opportunity to come together to develop truly patient-centered, state-based policy innovations that will improve the health and well-being of every South Carolinian.”

Click here to access a full PDF version of the #unAffordableCareAct report.

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