Gov.-elect Nikki Haley takes on Obama

December 3, 2010 09:43

Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley directly challenged Obama on repealing Obamacare saying she wanted a waiver for her state. She also said she wanted the billion dollars that SC had paid in to the federal atomic waste depository since Obama wouldn’t proceed with it.



“I respectfully asked him to consider repealing the bill,” she said, to which he clearly stated he would not. “I pushed him further and said if that’s the case, because of states’ rights, would you at least consider South Carolina opting out of the program?”

Obama told her he would consider letting South Carolina opt out, she said, if the state could find its own solution that included a state exchange, preventing companies from bumping people for preexisting conditions and allowing insurance pooling.

Haley said she also asked the president if he would honor the federal government’s commitment on developing a nuclear waste repository. When he said he would not revisit opening Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, “I said, ‘Then give us our money back.’ ”

South Carolina’s power plants and its customers have contributed more than $1 billion over nearly 30 years to a permanent repository.


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