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"Hospitals could pay to expand Medicaid in SC"

The State

January 31, 2013

By: Adam Beam

The January 30th edition of The State newspaper featured an article entitled "Hospitals could pay to expand Medicaid in SC."

Nexsen Pruet's Bob Coble spoke to reporter Adam Beam about efforts to expand Medicaid in South Carolina.

Beam's report begins:

South Carolina Republicans say they do not support Obamacare because its cost to the state would be more than $1 billion, cumulatively, by 2020. But what if Palmetto State hospitals agreed to cover that tab?

That is just one of the proposals put forward by S.C. supporters of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

“It would, essentially, be the health-care industry taxing itself to pay (it),” said Bob Coble, a lobbyist and attorney who represents several hospitals and medical providers. “It’s something that will be on the table.”

Bob Coble served as Mayor of Columbia for 20 years and now co-chairs Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice Team.