South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare replacement bill in a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday. McMaster wrote that health care belongs “with the people and the states.”
The governor declared in his letter to President Trump, “After extensive review and analysis of the proposal before the United States Senate, I am once again lending my support to your effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.”
McMaster wrote that he has long fought to repeal Obamacare, adding:
You will recall that I and thirteen other attorneys general brought the Supreme Court lawsuit in 2010 challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. We were only partially successful, with the Court ruling that individual states could not be forced to accept the Medicaid expansion. These ill-conceived Obamacare mandates have undercut the states’ ability to innovate and adopt approaches tailored to their needs. The cost increases resulting from this top-down, one-size-fits-all approach have resulted in higher insurance premiums and rising health care costs.
Gov. McMaster joined 15 Republican governors who endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill last week. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal plan in exclusive statements to Breitbart News.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill and will continue to reach out to governors and senators to support the renewed efforts to repeal Obamacare.
Gov. McMaster concluded, “Congress must repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that places health care decision-making back where it belongs: with the people and the states. I stood proudly with you in the beginning in your determined efforts to ‘Make America Great Again,’ and I still do.”