March 15th, 2010
02:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Sanford invokes 'Ides of March' in health care fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Sanford said Monday that the 'Ides of March' is remembered as 'a day of reckoning and foreboding.'"]
(CNN) – As Capitol Hill Democrats make a final push to try to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this week, South Carolina's Republican governor is out with a warning for taxpayers in his state.

"It's worth noting that today, the Fifteenth of March, is remembered as the 'Ides of March'- a day of reckoning and foreboding," Gov. Mark Sanford says in a written statement that criticizes the Democratic health care reform plan. "In the same way, today represents a time of foreboding for our nation given the historic nature of what is taking place in Washington."

Sanford's statement draws from the common expression "Beware the Ides of March," which refers to March 15, the date Roman emperor Julius Caesar was murdered by associates. The phrase has since been used to warn of ominous events thought to be in the near future.

With Monday's statement, Sanford seems to be doing what he can to try to murder the Democratic bill that has been one of President Obama's top domestic priorities in the past year.

"I believe it is a mistake both financially and medically, and that forcing this enormous healthcare plan on South Carolinians and Americans in general amounts to nothing less than Congressional malpractice."

If passed, Sanford says, the legislation will grow enrollment in South Carolina's Medicaid program to unprecedented levels and cost state taxpayers a minimum of an additional $687 million over the next decade. Sanford also says the bill will increase the state's costs for its pharmacy rebate program.

"These numbers are untenable given our state's current budget challenges, and state legislators would be forced to either cut significantly in the areas of education, law enforcement and economic development, or raise taxes," says Sanford.

Sanford closes by urging South Carolina taxpayers "to make their voices heard" to two South Carolina Democrats - House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn and Rep. John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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Filed under: Health care • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Beth

    Ugh! Will you please just go back to Argentina?

    March 15, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Yes, Mark Stanford is a man of integrity. After all, he did use state tax-payer dollars to finance liasons with his mistress... and he went so far as to outsource his adultery to the Argentinians.

    March 15, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. NYCitizen

    Nobody but nobody should have to pay a fine for not having health insurance, for whatever reason they do not have health insurance. Nobody but nobody should have to pay out more in insurance premium costs than they already do – and it seems, as usual, single people earning $55,000 + get hid hard. Nobody but nobody should be penalized for being able to afford a "cadillac" insurance plan. I am 51 years old, worked hard all my life to be able to buy an insurance policy that doesn't require authorizations from primary MD to go see anbody else, and I should not have to be taxed extra for finally reaching that goal in my life, nor should anybody else. The worst of it, none of this really would take effect until, at minimum 2013/2014!

    March 15, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Steph

    Sanford is a complete joke! Who cares what he says. Seriously, why did they let him keep his job?

    March 15, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. get real

    It looks like the good old governor has been out of the spotlight too long. Let me translate what Gov. Sanford is saying, "Look at me! Over here! Pay attention to me!"

    March 15, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Stacie

    Now here's a man that knows about mistakes.

    March 15, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    This guy is truly a capitalistic pig, His brains are in his, well you know whats, you won't print this because it's the truth but this guy is notin' but a common 2 bit, you won't print it, so let's put it this way, this time he's prostituting himself for the insurance companies. Hey Mark get your "Red," coat on.

    March 15, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Pragmatic

    .... and Sanford's gnashing of teeth and rending of garments is important because??? He's an adulterous liar! Old saying about South Carolina: too small to be a country – too big to be an insane asylum!

    March 15, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. General Sherman

    Sanford?This is what happens when a job is left undone.

    March 15, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Vic of New York

    Isn't Mark Sanford that slimey dope who got caught flying down to Argentina to get it on with his mistress, while his wife and staff thought he was out "hiking" in the Appalachian Mts?

    Yeah Mark, like you and the rest of those hippocrit "RED Party" Republicans are so credible!

    March 15, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. SIMP

    If this loser had not used the state's money to go see his soul mate in Argentina, then maybe the taxpayers would not have any addtl state cost. I don't see how this idiot can fix his mouth to talk about addlt cost to the tax payers. how can the people of SC even stand for him to speak on their behalf? Another republician shooting off his mouth trying to scare the people.

    March 15, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Rob Johnson

    Sanford is a man of wisdom and good judgment, so we should listen to what he has to say.

    Wait, strike that. Reverse it.

    March 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Don't Cry for Me Argentina!

    "Ides of March?"..............OH MY!

    March 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Caesar from Bama

    Grow up....of course its gonna cost money. Geez....providing affordable health care to the poor and lower middle class isnt going to just be free....since the aformentioned poor and middle class citizens cant pay for it(the insurance comps have seen to that)....WHO IN THE HECK DO YOU THINK THAT LEAVES TO PAY FOR IT..THE GOVT. WELLL so what....its either that or all these hard working citizens just KEEP GOING WITHOUT PROPER HEALTHCARE....THAT IS WRONG!...GROW UP REPUBLICAN SHILLS....and stop caring about only rich people

    March 15, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. NC

    Oh shut up Sandford and go HIKING AGAIN. Stop sending your unisured residents to our emergency rooms.

    March 15, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. coreywalker

    you are a disgrace.

    March 15, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Dano

    And this bozo's opinion is relevent why??

    March 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. terry,va.

    The March of Ides would be a dream come true. It's be one lie after another from Obummie. Joe Wilson was right when he called Obummie a liar in the State of the Union speech. Obummie lied then and has been a liar from day one. Waxman has said the dumbocraps want federally funded abortions in the health care bill. It's not just lying about abortion funding; it's about lying about everything including higher taxes, increasing the deficit, less coverage etc. How are you kids responding to your "chosen one" forcing you to buy insurance coverage? Live and learn. It's called life experience. If Sgt USMC is blogging today, first let me tell you, your remarks the other day was out of bounds. Second you are out ranked boy. And third, well, I won't stoop that low to tell you what I really think. It wouldn't be printable anyway.

    March 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Citizen First - BELIEVE it !

    well – sANFORD MAY YET REDEEM HIMSELF ! pay attention TO HIS WARNING. Where is the money to pay for this going to come from? DUH ! the US tax payers. We will be paying for ALL those that cannot and those that ARE NOT eligible for insurance. This means that you are STILL going to be PAYING MORE for your OWN health care in the long run – A N D ..... DUH ! .....once enacted it's FOREVER. It's a TAX. You will be TAXED to DEATH. Listen to those that know better. obama is ONLY pushing this health care reform for HIS OWN benefit – that is TO GET re-elected. His INTERESTS ARE NOT YOURS. This health care thingy is being RUSHED for him and HIM only. We need to re-think this and GET THE "EAR MARKS and SPECIAL INTERESTS" out before we get "STUCK" with it. SURE, we do need health care reform but to RUSH it is FOLLY. BEWARE the IDES of March ! Then again – TERM LIMITS – NOVEMBER is COMING – YOUR VOTE equals T E R M L I M I T S exercise it !

    March 15, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Gil Oberdas

    Hey Terry, today is my birthday and I'm celebrating 65. Tell me to my face that we don't need this health care reform! I can assure you that unlike you most of us need it and hoispitals are going broke from all the uninsured people seeking care after losing their coverage and jobs. What is worse reform or no care from closed hospitals gone broke?

    March 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Bruce

    Perhaps Gov. Sanford should take a hike?

    March 15, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Susan

    Ah, the ol' scare-'em technique. The bogey man'll get ya. Can't you think of anything more mature? I guess that's the Party of No's only recourse.

    March 15, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Brian

    Does anyone care what this reprobate has to say? Go back to Argentina.

    March 15, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Bill

    As a SC Citizen I can state firmly that Mark Sanford is an idiot!

    No one, not even the Republican Party pays any attention to him at all!

    He is using the old tried and true method to scare people:

    That is:

    Be Afraid
    Be Very Afraid
    Only I Can Protect You
    For a Price!!

    Support Health Care Reform,

    Don't listen to the party of No ideas, No suggestions, No Nothing Just keep giving me your money!!

    March 15, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Jim

    The reason it will cost South Carolina is because they have so many poor people without insurance. $68 million per year translates into about $12 per person in South Carolina each year. This bill will save that much money before the decade is up.

    March 15, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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