Sellers: Gov. Haley put politics first in veto of vaccine money

2012-06-20T02:30:00Z 2012-12-10T23:54:56Z Sellers: Gov. Haley put politics first in veto of vaccine moneyBy PHIL SARATA, T&D Staff Writer The Times and Democrat
June 20, 2012 2:30 am  • 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of legislation addressing a sexually transmitted virus is “deeply troubling for women in South Carolina,” state Rep. Bakari Sellers said.

“With this veto, Nikki Haley has confirmed everyone’s suspicions that she puts her own selfish political ambitions ahead of the people of South Carolina,” Sellers said in a written statement. “This bill had bipartisan support and gives optional education and preventative vaccines to adolescents in an effort to thwart cervical cancer.

“This is a common sense approach to a very serious problem. To call this measure unnecessary is demeaning and insulting to the heroic women who fight this cancer every day.”

Genital human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most people with HPV do not develop health problems from it, but it can lead to cervical and other types of cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sellers’ bill called for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer an optional three-dose cervical cancer vaccination series to seventh-grade girls. The service, coupled with an educational program, would begin with the 2012-2013 school year when state and federal funds become available.

Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed the bill on Monday. In her veto message to the House, Haley called the bill “superfluous” and a “suspended unfunded mandate.”

Haley said nothing in current law precludes DHEC from performing any of the activities described in the bill.

“Undoubtedly, once the mandate is established in law, advocates will argue that it necessarily follows that this new program must now be funded by the General Assembly,” Haley said. “I have vetoed this bill because although it would have no real impact today, it is a precursor to another taxpayer-funded health care mandate.”

Sellers, a Democrat from Denmark, said he doesn’t know if there are enough votes to override the veto.

“I challenge her to talk to the women with this cancer to see if they don’t want their daughters to deal with what they had to deal with,” Sellers said. “I have spoken with parents from across the state and even those who don’t want their daughters getting the vaccine are in favor of having the right to choose.

“If it can’t be overridden, reintroducing it next year is something I’ll have to think about.”

Contact the writer: psarata@times or 803-533-5540.

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(10) Comments

  1. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - June 20, 2012 6:42 pm
    Kli: I am glad that ypou left the word hate out of your description. I guess you have finally learned that the Democratic Party was the home of the KKK.
  2. oldcrow
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    oldcrow - June 20, 2012 5:18 pm
    Da Old Crow say, don't never feed a dog dat shows up on your back steps!!! OR YOU'LL NEVER GIT RID OF HIM........
  3. berryclemson
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    berryclemson - June 20, 2012 4:17 pm
    I'm not a Haley supporter but I have to agree with her on this veto. If you want a vaccine go pay for it yourself, I have plenty of friends and co-workers whose girls have been vaccinated (They paid for it) Mr. Sellers, how about introducing some legislation that helps the tax payers of SC! (Now that's an inventive idea)
  4. sudiann
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    sudiann - June 20, 2012 2:39 pm
    I agree with all above, but swampstomper, this state already pays enough for all these free programs that are given so freely to those that are able bodied to is a shame that all this responsibility to care for people that should be able to carry their own load, fall on taxpayers that are tired of the freeloaders. how many of us go to the doctor or hospital and get free services, I am sure it is not I.
    As for as the Governor I think she is doing a fantastic job,seems she is sick of it 2
  5. SwampStomper
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    SwampStomper - June 20, 2012 1:48 pm
    klinickis said: ".....Nothing new here. This gop/tea party "Hag" can care less for those in need. "

    In need huh? What half of those people are in need of is a swift kick in the behind.

  6. guesswho
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    guesswho - June 20, 2012 12:26 pm
    Norwegian I agree...there are way too many "programs" now at the expense of taxpayers. We need to streamline government and cut out the duplicates. We as a people need to realize that the government can not "fix" everything, nor can we pay for everything. Sometimes it falls on the citizens themselves to "protect and care" for themselves.
  7. norwegian
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    norwegian - June 20, 2012 12:00 pm
    Guesswho You are 100% correct. There are already programs in govt that deal with issues like health care etc... This is a democratic spin on them trying to push forth a bill that saddles taxpayers with more debt. Its the same type spin that the feds put on the GOP killing the bill that was the Democrats latest election year effort to stoke the war on women issue.. dooming a bill that would have opened up far more avenues for women to sue business.. same kinda bull going on here as well..
  8. klinickis
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    klinickis - June 20, 2012 11:22 am
    .....Nothing new here. This gop/tea party "Hag" can care less for those in need.
  9. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - June 20, 2012 11:07 am
    I do believe that there is MORE legislation address STD's than there is not.
    Someone should tell Sellers that.
  10. guesswho
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    guesswho - June 20, 2012 9:38 am
    I have to disagree with Rep. Sellers... we as taxpayers cannot continue to fund everything. Although I agree that this is a very seroius issue, I do not feel that any form of mandate should be created making the taxpayers of SC responsible for this program. I do believe that we already fund DHEC, and that they should be able to fund any program they wish through the budget they have.
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