CANDIDATE ECHOES CRITICISM OFFERED BY VINCENT SHEHEEN
This website has been harshly critical of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on the issue of Medicaid expansion – arguing that her administration has grown socialized medicine in the Palmetto State faster than other states (including states which have embraced the Medicaid expansion associated with Obamacare).
And guess what … the numbers back us up.
Medicaid rolls in South Carolina are soaring by more than 16 percent in the current year – more than three times higher than the average state that rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. It’s also more than the 12 percent average growth rate of states that took the Obamacare money.
All from a governor who had the audacity to tell The Wall Street Journal that South Carolina “will not expand Medicaid. Ever.”
Sheesh … how “Republican” of her to say one thing and do another. And yes, the price tag associated with this expansion will add another half-billion dollars (at least) to the state’s $25 billion budget each year moving forward.
Anyway, two of Haley’s opponents in the 2014 gubernatorial election have joined our criticism of Haley’s Medicaid expansion – although they are arguing she hasn’t expanded it fast enough.
S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat, has already gone on the record on this issue (a position we’ve criticized ideologically as well as politically). Now Tom Ervin, a self-styled “independent Republican” who is running for governor as a petition candidate, is echoing Sheheen’s criticism – running a television ad that calls Haley out for failing to embrace the Obamacare expansion.
“Gov. Chris Christie supports the expansion of Medicaid,” Ervin’s ad states. “Why hasn’t Governor Haley?”
Ervin’s ad quotes Christie – a liberal “Republican” from New Jersey – as saying the expansion helps “provide greater access to healthcare for New Jerseyeans truly in need.”
According to Ervin, Haley’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare is costing South Carolina $4.1 billion in federal tax money and 44,000 jobs. Ervin’s ad also claimed that 300,000 South Carolinians had been forced to seek emergency room care as opposed to seeking less costly treatment options.
Here’s Ervin’s spot …
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“Republican governors from Florida, Tennessee, Arizona and New Mexico have all supported expanding Medicaid, but Gov. Haley refuses.” Ervin said in a statement accompanying his spot. “By rejecting $4.1 billion in funding; 44,000 new jobs and 300,000 people from medical coverage, the governor has left South Carolinians out of work and our tax payers footing the medical bills. What we need here is a little less politics and a little more common sense.”
We’ve been impressed with Ervin’s campaign up to this point – especially his support for individual income tax relief and expanded parental choice in the education marketplace.
Obviously this is one issue on which we do not see eye-to-eye with him … or Haley.
If South Carolina’s economy is truly “recovering” – as Haley claims – she shouldn’t be exploding our state’s dependency rolls.