We have written many times on the Greenville Health System and the so-called GHS giveaway, which would hand over more than $4,000,000,000 worth of taxpayer funded assets to a privately controlled non-profit at a meager price of $1 per year. Tomorrow – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – a bill will be voted on in the South Carolina Statehouse that, if passed, will enable the GHS giveaway by explicitly legalizing the questionable practices being used to transfer GHS into private hands. The bill in question is S 1116, and it is being sponsored by Senators William Timmons and Scott Talley. As we wrote last week, Timmons – who is running for Congress in South Carolina’s fourth district – has caused controversy with his behavior surrounding the bill and the GHS situation as a whole:
First term State Senator William Timmons…has gone back and forth on the GHS sale, and he has recently called for a debate on the subject between himself and those filing the lawsuit against GHS, which the Greenville Tea Party has offered to host. When said offer came through, Timmons seemingly changed his mind, saying “I am happy to not participate.” Timmons has become heated over the issue before, as he threatened to “crucify” a member of the Greenville Tea Party during a text message exchange on the subject.
Timmons’ bill has already passed in the state Senate, but there is still a chance it could be stopped in the house. House Representative Bruce Bannister has reportedly been one of the bill’s biggest proponents, but not everyone is sold on things just yet. Opponents of the bill point out that it would allow a small handful of people – including GHS executive Michael C. Riordan, who is notorious for having close personal ties to the Obama family and the Obama administration – to have a monopoly on our state healthcare system, and that there would be no compensation to the taxpayers who funded the development of GHS in the first place.
Those who are interested in the vote should reach out to their local House Representative and voice their opinions, as there will be few other ways for them to know what their constituents want now that the non-binding referendum on GHS has been tabled.