A Senate plan for a health care compact among states could jeopardize Medicare to South Carolinians, according to Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg). Sen. Hutto stopped progress on the Senate bill in its third and final reading last week, by trying to amend it. His concern: the interstate healthcare compact would allow states to meddle with Medicare.
He wanted to add Medicare to the part of the bill that explicitly safeguards “plans provided by the United States Department of Defense, the United States department of Veteran Affairs, provided to Native Americans.”
The bill sets the stage for states to team up to administer health care programs for citizens. Hutto says he does not trust a program like Medicare to be reworked by the states:
AUDIO: Hutto says he does not trust states will not change Medicare (:40)
Though Senate Republicans dismissed his amendment–and his arguments–he got the attention of bill sponsor Mike Rose, who asked for delay on the measure until he could investigate Hutto’s claim.
The Senate will take it up again when they return next week.