Director of S.C. Progressive Network offers views on healthcare

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“We won’t ever advance as a nation if we continue to throw the basic principles of humanity to the wayside,” said Brett Bursey, the executive director of the S.C. Progressive Network.

On Sept., 29, Columbia College, a private, liberal arts women’s college, held a forum for third-party candidates. The forum helped these candidates gain exposure, and potentially, votes. It also helped young voters understand the significance of third parties and what their candidates have to offer.

All of the attendants, however, were not third-party candidates. Some were affiliates of programs that may be classified as having third-party views. Bursey, 66, falls in this category with his affiliation with the S.C. Progressive Network, which describes itself on its website as “a coalition of activists from across the state working together to promote social and economic justice.”

Instead of gaining publicity and trying to win votes, Bursey was there to share his views, which varied in terms of whether he agreed or disagreed with candidates.

Pertinent issues such as taxes, education and agriculture were hot, but the issue of healthcare got a lot of special attention.

“Healthcare is a human right,” said Bursey. “To not offer an individual healthcare is a form of murder,” he added.

An estimated 1,000 plus South Carolinians will die this year related to complications not adequately dealt with due to the lack of health insurance, and South Carolina passed up $1.4 billion this year that could have provided coverage to 300,000 low-income citizens, homeless people and 13,000 war veterans, according to the S.C. Progressive Network.

“Where’s the humanity? How are we supposed to grow together when we don’t even care about the well-being of one another?” said Bursey.

Bursey said the S.C. Progressive Network, which consists of 65 different organizations, is “all for uplifting mankind in any way, shape, or form, healthcare included.” Bursey also said that providing preventative healthcare actually save smoney in the long run.

“Why deny American citizens healthcare that they need beforehand and end up paying twice, sometimes three times as much for major surgeries that could have been prevented?” asked Bursey.


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