Halting healthcare reform

South Carolina's Progressive Network is in favor of the recently passed healthcare reform bill.

The lawsuit aimed to challenge the constitutionality was filed in federal court seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed the 10 year, $938 billion healthcare reform bill.

Attorney General Henry McMaster says the suit is gaining momentum as 14 state attorneys general have signed on.

On Friday, McMaster explained his plan of action to a group of Lexington conservatives.

Our purpose is no to challenge the policy behind the law, but the constitutionality of the individual mandate, said Attorney General Henry McMaster.

The question McMaster poses on the issue is what does the constitution say the federal government has the power to do?

It does not have the power to require an individual to go out and buy a health insurance policy, said McMaster.

McMaster argues the recently passed healthcare reform bill threatens state sovereignty.

Long-time healthcare profession Dennis Caldwell agrees.

I have never heard of such a thing, in a country that treasures freedom, said Dennis Caldwell of Lexington.

Brett Bursey of the South Carolina Progressive Network says a single-payer healthcare system that covers everyone is the answer.

The conversation has gotten so far off track, said Brett Bursey.

Bursey doesn TMt think McMaster TMs lawsuit stands a chance.

What we need to focus on is: do we want non-profit healthcare, where the primary interest is providing affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans or do we want to protect a profit-driven system that derives its profits from denying you healthcare? said Bursy.