Hospital Association holds gubernatorial debate

Five of South Carolina's nine candidates in the gubernatorial race faced off February 12 during a debate sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Lt. Governor Andre' Bauer, Columbia attorney Dwight Drake, Attorney General Henry McMaster, Superintendent of Education Jim Rex, and Senator Vincent Sheheen shared their views regarding the major health care issues facing our state and its citizens and put forth their ideas for addressing issues related to the uninsured, treatment for mental health patients, the health care workforce shortage and tort reform. However, the most lively discussion centered around differences on whether the state cigarette tax, the lowest in the nation, should be increased and, if so, what the extra revenue should be used to support.

The event was moderated by former The State newspaper editor Brad Warthen and held as part of the SCHA's annual membership meeting in Columbia.

02-13-2010 12:00 (EST)