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

Sanford invokes 'Ides of March' in health care fight

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(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. Bruce

    What an idiot. The seer that warned Caesar was warning him of a date, the ides of March. Which has no ominous meaning it is just simply the 15th of March, May, July or October. The ides of all the others is the 13th.

    No fear Mongering here now is there?

    March 15, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Another Red heard from as he proudly sanctions the deaths of another 45,000 Americans.

    March 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Voted4HealthCare

    Gov. Sanford sure was not reckoning when he was "marching" on the Appalachian Trail wasting taxpayer dollars. Credibility please.

    Pass Health Reform Now with a public option for America!

    March 15, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Vincent

    If the state of SC is having budget challenges, they should simply cut taxes. That always solves every problem. You're welcome.

    March 15, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. rich

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    March 15, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Is he talking from Argentina or Sc? This liar who neglected his state and family should shut up in shame. He is part of broken political leadership. We need healthcare now. Not after you marry your Argentina concubine.

    March 15, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The health care bill, is a travesty, and will not pass.

    March 15, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Lee, California

    Sure, he is one to follow! He should be concentrating on his two boys whom he abandon on Fathers day to have an affair with a "foreigner." And then "LIED" about his whereabouts to the people of his state. Yeah, he is one to listen to. A real american leader huh SC? The best that state has to offer.

    March 15, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    "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


    So, basically, more fear from the GOP.

    March 15, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Fear, fear, fear!!! This time it won't work, Mark. The "real Americans" are too uneducated to get the reference. Use an example from American Idol or 24. You know, something they would be more familiar with. Have a nice day!

    March 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Does Sanford have something against education? Earlier, he did not want to accept stimulus money for education; now, if the health care reform legislation is passed, education is one of the first things he threatens to cut.

    March 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – so who is the ASSOCIATES and who does CAESAR represent???????????? Bad statement – you, in your cheating self, will pay for this!!!

    March 15, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. steve

    "...amounts to nothing less than Congressional malpractice." opposed to no effort whatsoever that Republicans have given this topic since 8 years of Ronald Reagan, 4 years of H.W. Bush, majorities in the Congress during Clinton and 8 years of George W. Bush. To insinuate that Republicans are in favor of attacking the status quo in regards to health care, immigration, gay rights, regulations on Wall Street or campaign finance reform is political spin that no one should fall for anymore. We are all grown up now and we can see your fingers crossed behind your back. Give the Democrats their due for spending the political capital that is necessary in this country to get anything done. Resting your laurels on the status quo and spending no political capital keeps us underwater for generations.

    March 15, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Daniel

    I am against this bill, I don't like this president, I don't like this Congress and I sure don't like the way this country is going. But this guy has no right to talk and he should have resigned some time ago. He is the Charlie Rangel of the (R) and he should just shut up. Him talking is like Rangel talking about taxes. Just goes to show that politicians on both sides are so arrogant it's not funny.

    March 15, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    His Ides of March is coming to a sleezy book section near you soon. He's already been seen with a trailer-trash woman - what's next? How can SC let this man even LIVE?

    March 15, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Nick , California

    How could anyone trust a guy who lied to the closest people in his life and to his voters!! I wish the Repubs could do better than use FEAR over and over and over again to get their vote.. I won't be scared into voting for anybody!! All of this obstruction for POWER! Don't even consider helping tens of millions of American (myself included) to get affordable health insurance! I work very hard for everything I have and find it insane that insurance for my wife and I is almost $400 a month!!! That's a third of my mortgage !!! That doesn't include the $50 deductible every time I want to see a doctor! It only cost $75 to go to urgent care and I don't have to pay monthly!! You have to hope that the injury or disease you get is severe enough to even be worth the $400 a month! I guess the Republican answer is.. well if you can't afford it then you don't deserve it or don't work hard enough for it! BULL!!! We are all on this planet for such a short time.. don't use the selfish greedy.. "I got Mine" screw you capitalist approach! The right choices in life are usually the harder ones! That includes helping people even when they can't help themselves!!!

    March 15, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. alpha_nu_916

    this is the same guy who flew to argentina to see his mistress, right? talk about malpractice . . . keep living those wholesome conservative values.

    March 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Peter Principle

    "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.

    Jeesh. This guy needs to go for another hike on the Appalachian Trail.

    March 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Gregory

    I'm sorry. Who is Gov. Sanford again? Where is this good Christian's compassion for the sick? Where is his concern for health insurance costs that are strangling small businesses? Why does he like the present system where the wealthy get great coverage and the middle class are on their own? Well, he has good health insurance thanks to the voters of So. Carolina.

    March 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...Sanford closes by urging South Carolina taxpayers "to make their voices heard" to two South Carolina Democrats..."

    Just like the PEOPLE who should have DEMANDED you resign because you are a cheater!!!

    Just like the PEOPLE who stood up for you when you disappeared with your mistress!!

    Just like the PEOPLE that are going to NOT vote for you – if you are capable of running – for Governor in your next election!!

    March 15, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jenny Sanford stop believing this liar and now he's using healthcare reform in attempt to cleanup his "moral mistakes"with his Argentina soul mate. How could he possibly be concerned about South Carolinians when he didn't care about his wife and children but his wife Jenny does and she did the right thing by stop listening to this liar.

    March 15, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. John in WV

    The less Sanford has to spend on medicaid, the more he can spend on trips to South America.

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Duck Fallas

    Edwards is a lowlife scumbag. This guy has earned our trust.

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Gary

    Why is this ignorant fool still Govenor??
    He is the most pathetic person in SC. That's tough as there are lots to choose from. With DeMinted and Wilson and Grahamn.
    If any state needs help for their citizens it's SC.
    It amazes me that people are listening to him as if he where a good leader. He has lead SC now for 7 years and SC one of the top 3 most pahtetic states in our country. Wake up SC!!!

    March 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. ran

    Sanford should be in jail not giving advice to anyone.

    The people of SC deserve better even if they don't know it yet. You all in SC really deserve much better then you are getting in your elected officials. Maybe if you vote in more Democrats you will get what you need instead of what you have now: nothing.

    March 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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