As a physician, I understand that health and coverage for medical expenses are of primary concern to the people of South Carolina. The COVID-19 pandemic has created real struggles for our community.
Health challenges and worry for our schools, job security, and economic viability are real concerns. South Carolina made the news as one of the worst places in the WORLD regarding COVID-19 infections. Our current elected leaders have been quiet and offered little input on bringing us back from this pandemic. Too many people in South Carolina have been left out and ignored when it comes to having access to quality, affordable health care. In the midst of a global pandemic, the issue is clearer than ever – we need better, more effective leaders who will address these challenges straight-on, not wait until we are all suffering.
In the South Carolina legislature, I will make health care one of my top priorities.
By advocating for public health measures, protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and expanding access to care, I will work to improve the social determinants of health that keep South Carolina at the bottom of national rankings.
As your senator, I support the expansion of Medicaid as a key strategy to improve the health outcomes in South Carolina.
South Carolina could have millions of dollars to expand Medicaid – money in taxes that South Carolinians have already sent to Washington. The current legislature has allowed us to subsidize other state’s Medicaid expansion, while South Carolinians suffer without the added benefits this money would provide. Failing to expand Medicaid works against our economy and is illogical. By expanding Medicaid, we can provide coverage to over 300,000 more South Carolinians, and improve our dismal health statistics in areas like infant mortality, maternal mortality, and cancer deaths. We could do more to promote health and prevent illness, hospitalizations, and early death.
I will support legislation that outlaws discrimination against women, older Americans, and people with pre-existing conditions.
I understand that we have responsibility to make sure those who are sick receive medical treatment, and make sure that we do everything to increase access to preventative care for people to remain healthy. We need to create incentives to attract and retain physicians, residents, nurses, and other health care providers to practice in rural areas of our state.
We need leaders in the South Carolina Senate with expertise and character who will fight for public health policies that keep all our citizens healthy and protect our economy as well as our environment.
As we know, the negative effects of a pandemic threat are not just limited to the immediate dangers to public health and climbing death rates, but also threaten our economic viability. We have a moral obligation to help families now, and be good stewards of the health of our citizens. That’s why I will continue to discuss, debate and fight for the funding to expand health care coverage.