Haley, Scott team up on health care during North Charleston stop

By Alan Campbell, acampbell@live5news.com

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Republicans Nikki Haley and Tim Scott joined forces to speak out on what they call "Obama care" and what kind of an impact the President's health care reform package will have on South Carolina.

They told supporters what they will do about it if elected. Hayley is running for the Governor's office and Scott is running for Congress.

"We have got to have a governor that's going to fight it on the ground with the Attorney General and say no we're not going to take it and we're going to fight it every step of the way," Haley said.

Scott agreed with Haley.

"Our state should decide the future of healthcare for this Country one State at a time," Scott said.

Haley and Scott claim the new health care plan will cost S.C. a minimum of $20 million and increase tax payer dollars to pay for it.

Under the new plan, every American will be required to purchase a health insurance policy. If you don't, you face a fine from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Scott says that healthcare should be controlled by the state and not decided by bureaucrats.

"We need to make sure that we keep those patients in the hands of physicians, doctors, healthcare, not in the hands of bureaucrats who will drive up our costs and lower our care, and cost us lives," Scott said.

If elected governor, Haley said she will fight to ensure that S.C. controls health care.

"I'm going to fight for every person in the state of South Carolina, so that we control what happens, we control our tax dollars and we control our health care," Haley said.

This was Haley's first stop in the Lowcountry since fellow Republicans announced they plan to investigate her stand on certain campaign issues. She said she would gladly answer their questions, but they have never asked her directly.

Haley also answered questions about Vincent Sheheen's most recent campaign ad. She encouraged him to stick his own message. She says she has nothing to hide and won't be distracted from her campaign.

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