By Rozalynn Goodwin. My employer was asked for a statement acknowledging the second anniversary of federal health reform. Here was my suggestion.
“Happy Birthday to South Carolina’s mistress, the Affordable Care Act! We use and enjoy your goods in the dark, but despise and won’t claim you in the daylight.”
For the life of me, I can’t understand why our communications team didn’t see value in using it. No hard feelings though…
We South Carolinians don’t take too well to anybody telling us what to do. We are very proud to have been the first state to secede from the Union. Our relationship with federal health reform is no different.
“We will continue to push back against the federal takeover of our healthcare system. South Carolina does not want, and cannot afford, the President’s healthcare plan. Not now, and not ever,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, January 2012
Yet, South Carolina has received over $101 million dollars from “Obamacare” for health care grants, demonstration projects and programs. Not the mention the $13 million in rebates our seniors received for Medicare prescription drug coverage, plus another $32 million in brand name prescription drug savings. And I haven’t even mentioned the 40 plus businesses (including Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina) that have taken advantage of the Act’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, or the over 30,000 young adults who have received coverage as a result of the new law. But, remember, “We don’t want the President’s healthcare plan.”
Dear South Carolina and all other states talking out both sides of your mouths:
While Madam ACA has her flaws, I believe she has good intentions. She’s so young and vulnerable, and doesn’t deserve the verbal onslaught she’s received, especially during this presidential primary marathon. It’s time to come clean about your relationship with her. Take her home to meet the family. Heck. Once they meet her, they might even like some of her qualities, and help you two work out your differences for an open and honest relationship that benefits us all.