Immediately after Sen. Lindsey Graham and Gov. Nikki Haley introduced their plan for the state to opt out of the health care law, fans of the new federal plan grabbed the same podium to rebut the senator’s points.
John Ruoff, program director of policy watchdog group South Carolina Fair Share, instead of costing the state $1 billion or more, it would bring money into the state. He says under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the state gets $23 for every $1 the state puts up, eventually going down to $9 for each state dollar. He says it is unfortunate for the state’s citizens that the repeal seems to be a more political than practical argument.
The state’s older citizens would lose out on coverage they need if the law is ignored, says Jane Wiley, state director of SC AARP. She says Sen. Graham is being “somewhat disingenuous when he talked about Americans wanting to be in charge of our health care ‘again.’ Frankly the insurance companies have been in charge of our health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, preexisting conditions will now be covered and lifetime caps will be eliminated.”
Wiley says the law does not take away guaranteed Medicare benefits.