The chairman of the Pickens County Republican Party is asking for a special meeting of his party’s statewide executive committee. Phillip Bowers is hoping the committee will pass a resolution urging South Carolina’s U-S senators—Scott and Graham—to defund Obamacare this week. “This is a critical issue, and we must ensure our party is resolute on the matter,” Bowers said in a statement. In the meantime, Oconee Medical has begun to anticipate the effect that the Affordable Care Act will have on the hospital. Jeanne Ward, president/CEO, said a number of hospital workers are being certified to sign up un-insured members of the community for benefits that begin to become available in January.