Majority Leader: Expanding Government not ‘Common Sense’
COLUMBIA – House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, issued the following response to the S.C. House Democrats’ call for an expansion of Obamacare:
“The House Democrats have fallen into their comfort zone again, calling for higher taxes, more spending, and a massive increase in government dependency. To Minority Leader Rutherford, this is ‘a good deal.’ A closer look shows it is anything but a deal for taxpayers.
“I sympathize with people who struggle to pay for healthcare. In the past, our state has made tough choices to direct our Medicaid dollars to the elderly, pregnant women, and children. These people are the most vulnerable members of our society and worthy of the state’s largesse if they need it.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states may ‘opt-out’ of Obamacare and reject the expansion of our Medicaid rolls. In our state, the Obamacare expansion means nearly $2 billion more in state required spending, and adding 764,000 people to Medicaid – resulting in having 40 percent of our state dependent on the government for healthcare. This is not a good deal, this is the Nanny State run amok. The Democrats have provided no explanation as to how to pay for this, or if there is any path to get these people OFF of government dependence in the future.
“The House Republicans remain committed to opposing the implementation of Obamacare. We will work – within the restraints of a balanced budget – to direct precious state dollars to the people who need it the most. We will not have a knee-jerk reaction and start grabbing deficit dollars just because of promises. Obamacare is little more than a poorly-thought-out boondoggle that is already failing to meet its promises.”
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Christopher J. Murphy
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