An overflow crowd gathered at Greenville Tech Monday night for the town hall meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. The governor says she is very impressed with the turnout:
Anytime you can get 300 people out to care about the power of their voice and get involved in their government, it’s a successful night. So, I’m thrilled with it.
Haley says her goal for health care is to make it affordable and accessible for South Carolinians.
Our goal with health care in South Carolina is to create the most help for the least amount of money, give people the most option that they can with the least amount of strings. That’s the goal for South Carolina, that’s how we’ll go forward.
Haley says she is pushing for “serious debate” in the General Assembly about curtailing the practice of borrowing funds from the federal government which ultimately adds to the state’s indebtedness.
Do you pay the federal government back now or do you pay more to the federal government later? That’s the questions at the end of the day. These are hard decisions. They are not fun but they are decisions we’re going to have to make because we were very careless over the last ten years of borrowing. And now we have to understand you always got to pay back. And so, we can either pay back more later, or we can pay it back now and start to get back on our feet again. That’s the question the legislature’s going to have to decide and that’s the debate I’m trying to create.
The next town hall will be this Thursday night in Myrtle Beach. Haley now says she will return to the Upstate following the legislative session.