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KIRBY: S.C. deserves better than proposed Obamacare overhaul

KIRBY: S.C. deserves better than proposed Obamacare overhaul

By Thornton Kirby, special to Statehouse Report  |  As CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association, my friends and neighbors often come to me with questions about how the country’s health care system works.  The dynamics surrounding the cost of care and access are so complex that it’s easy to understand why so many Americans are confused about healthcare reform.

Watching Congress debate changes to our health insurance markets – and seeing the public’s reaction to those proposals – has led me back to two key observations about how we expect our country to work.  First, each of us expects to be treated fairly and equitably.  And second, although our country’s values are rooted in the protection of individual rights, I think most of us agree that we’re collectively better off when we recognize that we’re all in this together.

NEWS:  Proposed Medicaid cuts could pit needy South Carolinians against each other

NEWS: Proposed Medicaid cuts could pit needy South Carolinians against each other

By Ashley Heffernan, contributing writer | Goose Creek resident Jerry Marsh retired from the restaurant industry as a general manager about nine years ago as his multiple sclerosis started getting worse. Now in a wheelchair, the 62-year-old works part-time and qualifies for Medicare and Social Security Disability Insurance.

His $36,000-a-year salary also supports his wife, who gets subsidized health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and their 12-year-old grandson, who they adopted three years ago and are raising. The child qualifies for Medicaid, which provides health coverage to more than a million South Carolinians, including about 662,000 children.

by · 05/26/2017 · News
NEWS BRIEF:  Reading is fundamental

NEWS BRIEF: Reading is fundamental

Staff reports | The Republican-dominated House this voted to approve a resolution calling on new Gov. Henry McMaster to expand Medicaid in South Carolina.

WHAAAAATTT?!?!?!

by · 02/10/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
LETTERS: On rebuilding Kingstree’s hospital, Medicaid expansion

LETTERS: On rebuilding Kingstree’s hospital, Medicaid expansion

Heather Andrews: Gov. Nikki Haley, please make saving our rural hospitals a must. This hospital has been around for many years and needs to stay. Please don’t make the wrong decision and put lots of families in a bind. Thank you for what you do and will continue to do to keep people in jobs!

by · 02/19/2016 · Feedback
NEWS: Rural South Carolina hospitals close, more threatened

NEWS: Rural South Carolina hospitals close, more threatened

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Looking at South Carolina’s rural hospitals generally isn’t a pretty picture. Since 2010, four have closed. Another 10, says one expert, are seriously threatened.

Just last week came word that the Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree suspended operations after fall floods made more than half of the hospital unusable. Plans call for modular buildings to be in place in just a few weeks, pending state approval, but insiders say the “temporary suspension” might just be nice talk that is a prelude to outright closure, especially if the cost for the modular units is excessive.

by · 02/12/2016 · News
SCORECARD: Jobs, roads, violence, abortion

SCORECARD: Jobs, roads, violence, abortion

Thumbs up or down on a variety of issues from roads, roads and Bob Inglis to domestic violence and abortion.

by · 04/17/2015 · Features, Scorecard
Copyrighted cartoon by Robert Ariail is courtesy TheNerve.org.

Swaim: Doing what we pretend we didn’t do

By Barton Swaim | South Carolina hasn’t said “No,” emphatically or otherwise, to expanding Medicaid. As Statehouse Report detailed in an excellent report two weeks ago, and as the South Carolina Policy Council (for which I work) has been contending for more than two years, Medicaid expansion has happened, is happening and will keep happening.

Medicaid has expanded anyway

Medicaid has expanded anyway

By Bill Davis | For the past two years, Statehouse prognosticators have been whispering that once the 2014 elections were over, South Carolina may bend and accept federal Obamacare money and expand the state’s large Medicaid program.

Everyone who won election in November is now ensconced in his or her state offices, and those prognosticators’ crystal balls have shattered. The whispering has shrunk to a muffled sigh.

by · 02/06/2015 · News