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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Thoughts Before American Health Care Act Vote

Mar 24, 2017
Blog Post

The phones in my office have been ringing off the hook all week with calls about the healthcare debate. There are a lot of strong opinions, and an equal number of questions.

Indeed, the sheer scale and complexity of these issues is humbling even for experts. Accordingly, with so much at stake for so many, it’s my view that its worth taking just a little more time to get things right.

I started to speak on this very point on the House floor a few hours ago, but time was limited. What little I did say is below.

There are pieces that have been added to this bill as late as this morning. This is highly unusual. Normally we mark-up bills through the committee system and there are hearings that precede these mark-up's. This was not done here. Normally we have three days to review a bill before voting on it. We took a vote this morning that waives this normal practice so that we may vote on it today. Deliberation on changes to something that represents a fifth of the American economy is probably wise because the last thing conservatives need in advancing market concepts in health-care is a Nancy Palosi moment of "vote on it so you can find all the details" of what is in this bill.

I was just in a very powerful meeting for the way that its participants were humbly trying to discern a right path on this bill. I will be trying to do the same and ask for your prayers here in the last hour leading up to this vote.