The U.S. House and Senate will begin to merge their versions of health care reform, just after the New Year. South Carolina’s leaders, both Republican and Democrat are looking to the state’s most influential Democrat to stand as their advocate. the governor tried a different tactic. On Christmas Eve, Gov. Mark Sanford appealed in a letter to the House majority Whip, to “exert that power in conference committee negotiations in the coming weeks and ensure our state is treated the same as Nebraska and others.”
Sanford is referring to the Senate plan covering 100 percent of Nebraska’s Medicaid bill in a compromise for their senator’s Vote.
Clyburn assures constituents he’ll do just that. In a press conference last week, Clyburn addressed that, saying,”I think it opens the door for other states to demonstrate need for similar treatment when they get to conference.”
The governor’s letter also says,”In just the last year and a half, our state budget has been cut roughly 23 percent, and we face the potential of even more cuts to the budget as federal stimulus funds run dry.” He is concerned about additional costs to the state for Medicaid and any health care overruns.
Clyburn says that what is in the law is now up to the work of the conference committee and will be somewhat different than the Senate version.