Sign the petition TODAY to tell the General Assembly you support South Carolina accepting our fair share of Medicaid assistance!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now the law of the land. While many have differences of opinion on the new law, it is clear that some very important choices lie ahead for our leaders that will directly impact taxpayers and businesses in South Carolina.

The choice for taxpayers. With the federal government offering $11 billion over the next 7 years to cover poverty-stricken families in South Carolina, our state would only pay about 10% of that cost. If South Carolina does not expand Medicaid, then billions of our taxpayer dollars will be spent on Medicaid recipients in other states.

The choice for consumers. Medicaid expansion will provide health coverage to approximately 250,000 uninsured, low income South Carolinians who cannot access health insurance. The vast majority of these uninsured citizens often rely on hospital emergency rooms as their primary source of healthcare, which generally leads to a higher cost of health care. With hospitals expecting more than $2.6 billion in cuts because of the ACA, increased cost-shifting to insured families and employers is likely if our state chooses not to expand Medicaid.

The choice for our future. For decades, our state has doled-out billions of tax credits to companies like BMW and Boeing to grow our economy and enhance the quality of life in South Carolina. We’ve also offered hundreds of millions of dollars to build highways and deepen our ports to build a better future. By accepting the federal dollars offered to our state, the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business projects that the $11.2 billion in new federal dollars will result in 44,000 new jobs. With the positive economic impact and increased health care coverage, the positive return on investment is clear.

I support South Carolina accepting our fair share of Medicaid assistance under the new health care act. Medicaid expansion will provide health coverage to approximately 250,000 uninsured, low income South Carolinians who can’t afford health insurance, increase our quality of life, and bring billions of dollars into South Carolina communities. I am asking for your public support to expand Medicaid and give an opportunity to cover all of our state’s uninsured citizens who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Not accepting the Medicaid expansion at this level is a choice our taxpayers, businesses and the next generation of South Carolinians simply can’t afford.