In a move she's been promising for some time, Gov. Nikki Haley informed officials with the federal government that South Carolina "should not and will not set up a state-based health care exchange.
In a letter to Health and Human Services Secetary Kathleen Sebelius, Haley said that the state-based exchange exists in "name only" and that instead it makes mandates on the state through the creation of a new bureaucracy.
The letter is attached to this article.
The governor also said that the state has not received clear instructions on how the exchanges will work and requested a delay in implementation.
“The amount of uncertainty in our economy is growing given the lack of information available from the federal government at a time when we can hardly afford it,” the governor wrote.
Sen. Jim DeMint released the following statement upon hearing of Haley's decision:
“Governor Haley should be applauded for standing up for South Carolina patients, doctors, and taxpayers by opposing the creation of an Obamacare exchange in our state,” said Senator DeMint. “Her decision will help shield South Carolina from job destroying tax increases on state businesses, save taxpayers millions of dollars in set up costs, and allow our state to fight for health care solutions that don’t limit choices of families and doctors. Obamacare is already failing, forcing businesses across the country to cut back wages and hours while increasing health care costs and things will only get worse. We must continue to fight for full repeal of this government takeover and for commonsense solutions that expand health care freedom.”