South Carolina House defeats Medicaid expansion

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has rejected attempts by Democrats to temporarily extend Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of poor adults.

The House voted along party lines Tuesday on proposals to expand eligibility while the federal government covers the costs.

The votes followed nearly five hours of pleading at the podium. Democrats frequently cited scripture in calling expansion of the government health care program a moral obligation.

Gov. Nikki Haley and the House GOP caucus oppose the expansion, saying the state can't afford it.

Democrats argued it makes sense to do so for at least three years. They say officials can evaluate later whether to continue coverage as the state match grows to 10 percent.

Republicans counter it would be politically impossible to toss people off rolls once they're enrolled.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 197674821 - wrdw.com/a?a=197674821
Gray Television, Inc.