Health care experts comment on congressional vote to repeal Obamacare


Shelli Quenga hopes Senate members will wait for a CBO score and then debate the bill’s details.   File photo

South Carolina health care experts' reactions were mixed as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to replace the Affordable Care Act.

According to the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Shelli Quenga, director of programs for the Palmetto Project, disliked how the bill was advanced without a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on costs and impacts.

“We’re very disappointed to know that our representatives would choose to put the health of South Carolinians in jeopardy without having figures to know how much it will cost and how many people it will affect,” Quenga said in the story.

Quenga hopes Senate members will take the time to wait for a CBO score and then debate the bill’s details.

“Perhaps the Senate will be able to do what the House was not able to,” Quenga said.

Ray Farmer, director of the S.C. Department of Insurance and a member of Gov. Henry McMaster’s Cabinet, believes it is too early to know how the bill will impact health insurance in South Carolina.

“We look forward to reviewing the details of the bill and then we’ll look forward to seeing how the Senate changes that bill or introduces a bill of its own,” Farmer said.

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