Post Tagged with: "Obamacare"

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn promotes the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in this photo from 2012.

NEWS BRIEF: Obamacare enrollment begins next week

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Health advocates are urging individuals and families to enroll as soon as possible for the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace coverage.

Enrollment opens Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15 — half of the amount of time of previous enrollment periods.

On Oct. 24, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a web briefing focusing on key information for individuals shopping for marketplace coverage in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Panelists included Shelli D. Quenga, director of programs at Palmetto Project.

by · 10/26/2017 · News, News briefs
MY TURN:  Repairing Obamacare won’t fix our health care mess  

MY TURN:  Repairing Obamacare won’t fix our health care mess  

By Lynn Bailey, special to Statehouse Report  |  The most recent sign we weren’t going to fix our health care system was the flame out in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in July.  After seven-plus years of chanting “Repeal Obamacare,” Congress just couldn’t do it.  The reason is simple: health insurance is the WRONG way for a complex modern economy to finance and manage health care services for people!  It is a 70+ year-old business model which is no longer sustainable. 

The United States is the only modern economically-developed nation using an employer-based private insurance system with a parallel public health insurance scheme to finance health care.  Other developed nations have long recognized health as a public service sector requiring a robust public-financing mechanism. Some nations do use insurance but it is not like America’s. …

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: Federal money “squeeze” would hurt state’s mentally ill, coalition fears

NEWS: Federal money “squeeze” would hurt state’s mentally ill, coalition fears

By Bill Davis, senior editor | A broad-based statewide health care coalition has formed in South Carolina to prepare for what some see as the biggest threat to the mentally ill here since deinstitutionalization ended in the 1970s.

Deinstitutionalization was the process of closing massive public state hospitals for the mentally ill that were funded with help of federal dollars. Hundreds of thousands of newly-released patients were then referred for care to what turned out to be underprepared and underfunded community health care programs. In turn, that caused a host of problems that included, according to some, a spike in this nation’s homeless crisis.

by · 06/02/2017 · News
BRACK: People are #waitingfor2018, thanks to health care mess

BRACK: People are #waitingfor2018, thanks to health care mess

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | If you think Obamacare is a disaster, get ready for whatever it is that the Congressional Republicans passed to fix the Affordable Care Act as the political cluster that could be the mother of all nightmares

Why? Because instead of making something that’s a policy and political mess less messy, it’s going to be even messier, particularly after the U.S. Senate gets it.

“Don’t know what’s in it; waiting to see if it’s a boy or a girl,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked before the House vote. “But any bill that has been posted less than 24 hours — going to be debated three or four hours, not scored — needs to be viewed with suspicion.”

by · 05/05/2017 · 2018, Andy Brack, Commentary
BRACK:  Where’s the saber-rattling over the ask for a federal bailout?

BRACK: Where’s the saber-rattling over the ask for a federal bailout?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Two questions:

1. What is the state that was offered $11 billion from the federal government to provide better health care for the poorest of its citizens and said no?

2. What is the state that now wants the federal government to provide a $5 billion bailout for roads after not doing enough over the last 30 years to meet their infrastructure obligations?

Answer: South Carolina, also now known as the Hypocrisy State.

by · 02/10/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
TOP FIVE:   Read how tax inequality impacts South Carolina, more

TOP FIVE: Read how tax inequality impacts South Carolina, more

Leading this week’s Top Five stories you might have missed: Income inequality from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

This analysis looks at how there’s been a growth in tax inequality over the years with moderate- to low-income families shouldering a larger burden of taxable income. In South Carolina, the top 1 percent of households have seen a 93 percent increase in income since 1979, while all other households has seen income drop 3 percent, the study shows.

by · 12/23/2016 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   From third worst drivers to one of five with one insurer

TOP FIVE: From third worst drivers to one of five with one insurer

Rural roadways, speeding and careless driving are factors in South Carolina’s being ranked among the deadliest states. Also in Top Five stories you might have missed: Map of America’s political divide; a defense for liberal democracy; Trump’s Obamacare problems; and gender equality.

by · 12/02/2016 · News, Top Five