The Cost Of Trikki Nikki’s “Haleycare”

In case you missed it (or ICYMI as the cool kids say), S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been an outspoken critic of Medicaid expansion. And Obamacare. “When it came to Obamacare, we didn’t just say ‘no,’ we said ‘never,’” Haley said in announcing her 2014 reelection bid. She also vowed…

In case you missed it (or ICYMI as the cool kids say), S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been an outspoken critic of Medicaid expansion. And Obamacare.

“When it came to Obamacare, we didn’t just say ‘no,’ we said ‘never,’” Haley said in announcing her 2014 reelection bid.

She also vowed “we’re going to keep on fighting until we get people like Senator Tim Scott and everybody else in Congress to defund Obamacare.”

Which she did … until it came time to actually defund Obamacare.

Two weeks ago, Haley told reporters Patrick O’Connor and Louise Radnofsky of The Wall Street Journal that South Carolina “will not expand Medicaid. Ever.”

Here’s the problem with that statement: As we noted in this exclusive report, Haley’s administration is exploding Medicaid growth in South Carolina. In fact the expansion of this program – which already serves more than a quarter of the state’s population – has been pegged at 16 percent in fiscal year 2014-15.

That’s triple the projected rate of growth in the current fiscal year.

And it’s not just randomly happening, Haley’s administration has been engaging in a full-court press – spending tens of millions of dollars to identify and enroll new dependents.

To put this insane 16 percent growth rate into perspective, the average Medicaid expansion rate among states that ARE expanding the program under Obamacare is 11 percent.

Crazy, right?

Now, here’s some additional perspective … (taken from a presentation made by Haley’s Medicaid director Tony Keck to members of the S.C. Senate Finance Committee).

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cost of haleycare

Wow …

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s $467 million in new spending slated for the coming fiscal year – tied almost exclusively to “enrollment and service growth.

So much for that whole “not expanding Medicaid. Ever.”

We have a big problem with Haley pursuing Medicaid expansion so aggressively. When she took office South Carolina’s Medicaid participation rate was around 20 percent – in line with the rest of the country. Now we are moving toward becoming one of the most dependent states in the nation – which as you can see from the numbers above will place an increasingly heavy burden on Palmetto taxpayers.

Is that really what this “Tea Party” governor stands for?

Which leads us to the even bigger problem we have with Haley … her demonstrably false rhetoric.

While she expands Medicaid in South Carolina more than three times as fast as other anti-Obamacare states, she has the gall to claim she’s against Medicaid expansion?

Is there literally anything that comes out of this woman’s mouth that’s the truth?


Haley is a professional liar of the very worst sort. Yet unlike her lies about being faithful to her husband (or running a transparent administration), this lie is costing South Carolina taxpayers nearly half a billion dollars.

Banner pic: Travis Bell Photography

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Frank Pytel December 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

#Haley #YouLie #Loser #Obamacare

A face in the crowd December 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

She considers it the truth, as she does not have the capacity to know otherwise.

miss suzanne December 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I cannot believe her parents never got help for her mental illness. Just like they never reported her childhood abuse which she claims.

Will Folks aka Sic December 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Ha! +2 …

el kabong December 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

I can’t believe Will is going to endorse her in 2014 but he will.

Frequent Guest December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

The people enrolling are eligible under current Meidcaid eliginility guidelines. This is not Obamacare expansion of Medicaid.

SCBlueWoman December 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Fits doesn’t want those eligible to receive aid, evidently. Too bad she turned down all the federal money for medicaid expansion. SC has one of the most unhealthy and poor populations in this country. Keep ’em down and keep ’em stupid. State motto?

scsweepin December 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

She need not fear. When the budget guys and appropriators in the General Assembly start examing the numbers closely they will do for her for she hasn’t the judgment and good sense to do hersel. They will force the state to accept the Obamacare expansion funding. Reality is a sobering influence.

She’ll be able to rant and rave against it for public consumption all while breathing a sigh of relief that others are smart enough to do basic math and elementary budgeting.

The woman is bulletproof; she knows how to win elections. It’s as simple as that. Governing means nothing to her and others like her who have similar abilities.

euwe max December 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Not expanding probably doesn’t mean not adding beneficiaries. It means no new regulations. That’s how they get you.

They take care of the aging boomers while you’re at the movies, and when you get out, you find they got granny in a home.

SC Haley's cesspool December 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Let’s send Haley packing! A no vote for Haley will be a yes vote for the people and the State of South Carolina.
Can you imagine when Haley is gone? It will be a “GREAT DAY in SOUTH AROLINA”!!
“Join the movement”! Our new Governor will be a “ROCK STAR” no matter who it is!

Slartibartfast December 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Find somebody who’s NOT a Democrat and thinks they know what is best for me, and I’ll consider it. Seriously.


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