Priorities and Issues
Healthcare and Covid-19
Healthcare costs are the number one reason for personal bankruptcy causing more than two-thirds of filings, and for that, South Carolina ranks 36th in the nation. South Carolina has not adopted Medicaid expansion - why? Republican leadership has blocked valuable healthcare benefits - why? This has caused the closure of medical services in rural areas of Lancaster and York. Our percentage of uninsured residents is too high, and when the uninsured get seriously ill or injured, it is the local hospital that carries that cost, making it harder for hospitals and clinics to stay in business. Finding a way to cover all South Carolina residents is a priority. I will defend and expand senior healthcare as best I can and work across the aisle in Columbia to gain support from both parties. We can do better, and when I am in office, we will do better!
Unfortunately, Covid-19 pandemic will last a longer time than we hope. We know there is a vaccine on the way and we pray it will be effective. South Carolina’s Covid-19 response under Governor McMaster and the Republican leadership has been devastating. I have a logical and flexible Covid-19 plan. As we learn more about this virus, we must be prepared to react swiftly and never, ever put politics over people.
1- Create a South Carolina Pandemic Center (SCPC) to lead our effort. Staff it with the best of the best from science, medicine and enterprise. Have them report openly to all three branches of our state government.
2- Improve and increase testing so that we identify every hot spot and control the spread immediately.
3- Put together a strong team of retired law enforcement and medical professionals to develop and institute the best contact tracing
4- Stockpile PPE and other life-saving drugs and materials while we can.
5- Educate and motivate South Carolinians as to what they can and must do to help control the spread. This includes social distancing,
personal hygiene, masks and respect for the good and welfare of all.
6- Open the economy in areas of low threat and relax restrictions on schools where and when advised by the SCPC.
7- Take Medicaid expansion.
What should the State Senate do to address this issue? Let me hear your voice, your concerns, and your ideas. My priority is to serve and be responsive.
Your perspective on this issue is important to make sure the State Senate finds solutions that work for all of us.
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