U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited the Greenwood County Library Friday to talk with business leaders as part of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Series.
Graham talked mostly about the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, and its impact on the American economy. Graham said America needs health care reform, but the current legislation is not the answer.
“We need to reform health care,” Graham said. “That’s not the debate. The debate is how. The problem is cost. Cost keeps going up.”
Graham said that ObamaCare discourages business growth and will ultimately hurt the economy, particularly for small businesses which employ around 50 people.
“This legislation in the name of reforming healthcare is really going to hurt our economy,” Graham said. People are going to be rewarded for reducing the number for hours someone works. People are going to be deterred from going from 48 (employees) to 51 (employees) at a time when we need every job we can get in America.”
Graham also said ObamaCare was detrimental to America’s middle class.
“If you make around $46,000 or $47,000 as an individual you lose your subsidy under the exchange,” Graham said. “So if you’re offered a promotion that paid $50,000 would you take it? Probably not, because you would lose your healthcare contribution from the federal government. The bottom line here is the incentives to make more money for the middle class are reversed.”
Graham also touched on issues such as social security, Medicare, domestic energy resources and Benghazi. Graham said that, while he is worried about America, he has never had more hope for the nation.
“I have never been more worried about the world and the way it’s shaping up as I am right now. I have never been more hopeful about America’s future because the young men and women fighting this war for the last 12 years are the next ‘Greatest Generation.’ The people coming behind us are just awesome. It is our challenge to hold this country together.”