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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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Hummm this is interesting coming from a man who soul mate lives in a country where they pretty much have a national health care system!! LOL I guess he figures once he is booted out he will run to Argentina and be covered with the mistress!! WOW!!

    March 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. SC Vet

    This KKK member's wife even left him because he was cheating on her and his own family doesn't want him. And now he's indirectly threatening the President? Wow...what a sorry excuse for human being he is.

    March 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    After The Stimulus Bill fiasco, am I the only one who gets uncomfortable when Obama starts screaming what an emergency it is to pass this huge spending bill right away?

    Start over. Really. Just do it correctly. It's worth it.

    March 15, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Al

    Does anyone take anything this sleeze bag says seriously anymore? Why is he still making news?

    March 15, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    O yes. This idiot should know waht is best for the people.

    March 15, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Kayak

    Sanford is a devout Christian, by his own account, and often cites scripture to bolsder his arguments. I can't provide any scripture but possibly a more apt Shakespeare quote would be from the Merchant of Venice:

    "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
    An evil soul producing holy witness."

    March 15, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Rick in AZ

    Shouldn't he be hiking the Appalachian Trail?

    March 15, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Truth be told. These republicans worry that if the health bill passes, there will be potentialy 30 mil people who could vote for democrates. The problem is if the bill does not pass, you still have 30 mil people who will vote against republicans.

    March 15, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    WOW. This man really got balls talking about what is right and wrong. Politicians are a trip.

    March 15, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Robin in SC

    The village idiot speaks again...

    March 15, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's not "Congressional malpractice," it's Congressional tyranny.

    A majority of American voters do not want the current health care bill to be passed. And if Congressional Democrats pass the bill, in absolute contravention of the will of the American people, that's simply tyranny.

    March 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. duds from a lame duck

    Poor Sanford. How many South Carolinians are going to listen to this pawn of the Party of "NO" as he is pushed into this nefarious role of trying to kill this historical, much needed health care bill which protects the American masses now and for years to come.? Does he have enough political capital to move the needle to "STOP?" At this point I would answer that with a resounding "NO!"

    March 15, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Go hike the AT with yourself.

    March 15, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Really??

    Ok, for all of the supporters of the health care bill just read the following and know this is how your health care will be when it is run by the government. I personally know the VA staff does their best BUT they are mandated by the GOV. on coverage and their hands are tied resulting in the quality of care given..

    I don't believe in "free" health care as we all know it is never free. I currently receive health care from the VA. I am a 35% disabled vet, so technically what I receive is not "free" and anyone who wants to argue that should get a reality check as I see many (liberal Blog's) lump VA coverage as an entitlement the same as other programs. Correction, I signed on the line to serve and do a job with just compensation and healthcare in the event of injury was part of the deal so in fact I earned it while serving overseas and I for sure didn't ask to be disabled so lets put that argument to rest... We all know the VA is run by the Gov. Everyone knows the VA coverage, while helpful, is inadequate compared to medical options covered by private insurance outside of the government run VA. I have been dealing with a disability, that with a second surgery, (the first one by the Government in the service was a partial success but the "partial" is the reason for the failure as time went on) to fix the first one my quality of life would be improved ten fold. However, the VA refuses to do the surgery until there is a complete failure. Instead I now have additional issues as a result of non action from original issue. The treatment is to "medicate". I have been on prescribed narcotics now for 10 years. This is common practice in the VA and it is common knowledge. The result is not pleasant. I have now purchased my own private insurance in order to improve my quality of life with medical options that as far as the GOV. run VA agency determines not necessary. For those that don't have insurance "something" would be better than nothing but at what cost? If the coverage is inadequate and does not improve the quality of life what is the use? Everyone gets "free" coverage now as it is illegal to refuse treatment of an emergency and the individuals who have insurance pay for the uninsured through our policy payments as the non-pays are off-set by the payers'. Why is this not understood? When the "new" coverage takes effect all will enjoy the standard of care that is given by the VA. Doctors will eventually have a "capped" salary. If you don't believe it please explain how a person actually believes this will not be the case when the gov. starts to mandate coverage and puts its fingers in health care as they already to with the VA and many other examples of Government run programs.. If a person who serves the country and comes back disabled gets substandard care compared to medical options available with the coverage of private insurance how do you think the average person who currently now does not buy their own insurance will be treated??

    Please don't use the argument that some of us are "lucky" or we get insurance fro free from our jobs.. Those who have it "covered" by a company take it as part of our compensation package. That means for those who complain that they are not "given" the coverage that others have, that we PAY for it out of our pay. We don't get it for "free" and we have to pay extra out of every check to cover the difference and then there are the deductibles and total out of pocket (nothing is free). This is an option. I have to go without some things to pay the difference that my compensation package for work does not cover for insurance. I cut back on Cable, don't buy name brand clothes, ect. I sacrifice for my coverage. I don't expect it.. As a matter of fact, the move by this administration will cost those of us who have insurance through work our coverage. Why would a company offer something that is mandated and subsidized by the Gov.? This means that companies will eventually stop offering insurance or cut it from the compensation packages. When they do this everyone knows they will not off-set this by the difference in pay. I will lose my coverage and thousands per year in compensation as a result, after all it was offered as part of my compensation package.. So when this happens I will be doing the same job but for far less compensation/pay. Maybe one can understand why many are upset. But why look at the big picture right??)

    Food for thought. I would like the B. O. administration to tell me how the new mandated heath care and its covered options will be different than the VA (currently gov run medical coverage for Vets). If it will be the same or less, if either are correct and it is not BETTER then the benefits will never come close to the costs.. If it will be better then why is the VA as bad as it is??

    A side note that I don't like is the current manipulation of the general public with the vilification of the insurance companies. The current administration, in its attempt to move the focus from the anger of the heath bill and its unpopular form, is trying to take the focus off of the bill and put the focus of the anger against the insurance companies. Why?? The insurance companies know this bill is good business for them. No matter what, they will have a government that is MANDATING coverage and they will gain 30 Million new customers. Ask yourself, why don't i see commercials every day FROM INSURANCE AGENCIES against this bill (besides the fact that i'm at work but not even during prime time tv)?? This is a big boost to their bottom line. If the insurance companies are what is wrong with the health care situation, as Obama and the administration is saying lately, then why FORCE 30 million new customers into their pocket or pay the government a fine??

    Liberals want to look to the past and say the GOP is the party of fear and smoke and mirrors and unwanted deficit... This little SMOKE and MIRRORS play by the current administration makes the GOP look like rookies!!

    Stop the pandering. IF this bill is so good then pass it with the majority that the democrats currently hold on its merits alone! NO back room dealings, NO special exemptions..

    And please, CONGRESS, read the below and ad-hear!!

    US Constitution
    Amendment 28

    Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

    If not it is UN-constitutional..

    Now see if congress follows the letter of the law and it still passes or if they pass it and ignore the law because they have already incorporated an exemption for themselves in the current bill..

    March 15, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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