Question: S.C. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell recently said the state should reject federal mandates for health insurance and cap what the state spends on Medicaid. He says compliance would cost the state $1 billion over the next decade. But the state Department of Health and Human Services warns 820,000 of the poorest South Carolinians would lose medical coverage. The state would also lose out on $4 billion in health care coverage. How should South Carolina fix this?
|Nikki Haley, Lexington, Republican||Morgan Reeves, Irmo, Green and United Citizens parties||Vincent Sheheen, Camden, Democrat|
|ANSWER: Our taxpayers and small businesses are already squeezed, and now we’re on the hook for billions of dollars thanks to President Obama’s spending and health care disasters. The last thing we can afford is a governor who supports ObamaCare. As governor, I plan to organize a group of governors from around the country to fight for our states’ rights and propose free-market solutions to health care and budget crises. Instead of backing the unprecedented federal government intrusion into our state and subjecting our citizens to huge new government expenses and massive personal fines, we should incentivize small businesses to provide health coverage, pass real tort reform that will drive down the cost of care and up the quality of coverage and work with the federal government to allow health insurance companies to cross state lines.||ANSWER: Haley, (Vincent) Sheheen and McConnell cut taxes for rich people. I will restore such taxes that cause the problem that they and House Speaker Bobby Harrell forced on working and poor and elderly patients. If legislators refuse my plans, I will ask Congress and the president for help. My jobs plan from bond sales will raise income taxes from more new workers getting higher wages from building our train-energy infrastructures. The rich would want to see their own grandmothers and grandfathers die without Medicaid. They would love to have yachts, private planes and butlers and have their lawns mowed, rather than to help.||ANSWER: I do not support unfunded federal mandates placed on South Carolina. The federal government should pay for any mandates placed upon South Carolina because we cannot afford them. As governor, I will always tell South Carolinians the truth and the next few years are going to be very difficult financially due to our state budget crunch.|