The state Senate Democratic Caucus is calling some state officials hypocrites when it comes to health care reform. Sen. Brad Hutto, Sen. Vincent Sheheen and party leaders held a press conference at the Statehouse today.
They criticized the four newest members of Congress from South Carolina who have chosen to go with the federal health care plan–while voting to defund it.
The Democrats’ tactic to bring attention to the issue:
Well, it is time for this hypocrisy to end. Today we are offering our own opt-out plan for the Republicans. Whenever a Republican offers a bill or a resolution attacking health care reform, Democrats in the state Senate will offer our own opt-out plan. Our Opt-Out Plan will give any Republican lawmaker who criticizes government health care 10 days to drop his or her government health care insurance. And in the interest of transparency, we will demand an on-the-record, roll call vote.
Hutto and his party are inviting the GOP in the General Assembly to utilize the open market for affordable health care insurance. “Our opt-out plan is an opportunity for Republicans to finally practice what they preach, ” he says.
If Governor Haley, Attorney General Wilson, the 76 Republican members of the South Carolina House, and the 27 Republican members of the South Carolina Senate choose to opt-out of their government run health care program, taxpayers stand to save up to $875,826.00 annually.