Governor Nikki Haley

The “Nikki detente” talks

The new leader of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, Nikki Setzler, has a reputation as a respected problem-solver who works well across party lines.  This Wednesday he will be having breakfast with the state’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley (no relationJ), for a bipartisan discussion on improving the funding formula…

Glimmer of hope for Medicaid expansion

The South Carolina House and Senate started the new legislative session yesterday.  For those who have not experienced the occasion it’s similar to the first day back at school in the fall.  Everybody is friendly and happy to see each other.   All were in a positive mood except for the…

Missed opportunity to fight obesity

The first negative consequence of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joining fifteen other states in opting out of a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare has surfaced. Haley’s Department of Health and Environmental Control has made fighting obesity in South Carolina a number one priority.  The director of the agency…

Expanding healthcare to more childen….finally!

Congratulation to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and state Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck.  Their proposal to add an additional $29 million in the Medicaid budget for children’s healthcare appears to be a done deal both in the House and Senate.  This is a dramatic turnaround from the…

Letter to Governor Nikki Haley

October 10, 2011 The Honorable Nikki Haley Governor State House Columbia, SC Dear Governor Haley, In an interview reported in The State yesterday you indicated your desire to revise the South Carolina tax code.  Specifically you mentioned that one of the goals of this process would be to phase out…

Message to feds–ball’s in your court

So it’s unofficially official. South Carolina will have a health insurance exchange run by the federal government starting January 2014. Yesterday, Governor Haley’s administration re-confirmed that our state would not ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for additional money to plan for setting up an insurance…