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Sue Berkowitz quoted in the Free Times

S.C. to Public Option: No Thanks

Politicians Likely to Block State’s Citizens From Any Public Health Care Option

 

BY COREY HUTCHINS

 

If the U.S. Congress ends up passing some kind of national health care reform package and it includes anything resembling a “public option,” you can bet few other states will be as hostile to it as South Carolina.

Forget “You lie!” The Palmetto State may soon become more famous for two different words: “Opt out.”

The idea of allowing individual states to deny their residents access to a public health insurance option is picking up steam in Washington. It comes after a huge push from U.S.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and powerful Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, among others. The senators see the opt-out idea as a way of keeping the public option at least partially alive in the face of near-universal Republican opposition and lukewarm support among conservative Democrats.

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