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March 23, 2010

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Joshua Gross




WEST COLUMBIA, SC – In response to the news that President Obama had signed the health care legislation into law, and that nine state Attorneys General had sued to stop enforcement, Bill Connor released the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that the President and the Congress would take these steps to undermine the Constitution I swore to uphold twenty years ago.  I am pleased that Attorneys General from around the country have decided to sue against this bill, which is clearly unconstitutional on multiple grounds. I support this effort, and I would further like to commend Senator DeMint for his strong stand for our Constitution and against this federal power grab.

“The Office on Aging falls under the purview of the Lieutenant Governor, and the federal health care bill will have massive implications for our seniors. The health care rationing and Medicare mess that will be a result of this terrible legislation will fall directly on our states senior population.  As a war veteran who has seen the sacrifice of our troops, I am particularly concerned about the effect of “Obamacare” on the guarantee of lifetime healthcare for military retirees. These problems will only escalate as the Baby Boom generation hits retirement age and fall under the Medicare/Medicaid programs that will be bankrupted by this flawed bill.

“As our Attorney General pursues the lawsuits to stop this law from harming South Carolina’s citizens and economy, I call on all candidates for statewide office – especially my fellow candidates for Lt. Governor – to join us and speak with one voice on behalf of South Carolina against this legislation.  It is imperative that our state take this important stand on behalf of our rights under the 5thand 10th Amendments and the Constitution as a whole.”

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who received the Bronze Star for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce and file for South Carolina statewide office.   In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy.  Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.

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