SC leaders hammer federal health care law

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's two U.S. senators and state House speaker are blasting the new federal health care overhaul for requiring the state to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more for Medicaid.

U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint joined with state House Speaker Bobby Harrell on Wednesday in criticizing the new law as saddling states with massive new costs on an already expensive government program.

According to a report prepared for the state health agency, the law is predicted to add 480,000 people to Medicaid rolls and cost the state an additional $914 million by 2019.

The changes don't start until 2014.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn predicted the law will change before it kicks in, and the extra costs won't occur.
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