Spence: SC’s war against poor residents shows total disconnect with working people

Charleston City Paper

South Carolina is a poor state. Past the “Great Day” greetings and glossy magazine rankings, in a slew of economic metrics, many South Carolina residents rank among the poorest in the nation.

Two weeks before Christmas, Gov. Henry McMaster announced that the state received a waiver for a new Medicaid “community engagement initiative.” The waiver would require some of the state’s poorest residents receiving health insurance through Medicaid to work at least 80 hours per month to remain insured. Those most affected would be low-income parents, according to an initial report from the Georgetown University and S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

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