Well, our governor and Republican legislature again shoots the good people of South Carolina in the foot.

Our state has decided not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in order to cover hundreds of thousands of medically underserved South Carolinians. This action was taken clearly to poke President Obama in the eye politically. By doing so, our state will incur additional spending, assure that the least fortunate among us will receive inadequate medical care, and send millions of our tax dollars to other states which are expanding Medicaid. 

On June 3, the nonprofit, centrist Rand Corporation (a think tank) issued the report “Expanding Medicaid Is Best Financial Option for States” that says “States that choose not to expand Medicaid under federal health care reform will leave millions of their residents without health insurance and increase spending, at least in the short term, on the cost of treating uninsured residents.

“If 14 states (including South Carolina) decide not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act as intended by their governors, those state governments collectively will spend $1 billion more on uncompensated care in 2016 than they would if Medicaid is expanded.

“Our analysis shows it’s in the best economic interests of states to expand Medicaid under the terms of the federal Affordable Care Act,” said Carter Price, the study’s lead author and a mathematician at RAND.”

I hope our governor and legislature are happy that they scored a political win, even if they had to kick our residents in the teeth while doing it.

Paul Anderson