Bill fighting health care law fails in Senate

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An effort to delay implementation of the federal health care overhaul in South Carolina is dead.

The Senate voted 33-9 late Wednesday to defeat a House bill that initially sought to nullify the law. The vote came after a different version offered by Sen. Tom Davis died on a technicality. Supporters called it a constitutional way to push back.

His proposal barred using state resources to help implement the health care law and would have regulated navigators who help people sign up for insurance.

After two weeks of debate, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell ruled that Davis' proposed amendment could not replace the House bill because it included provisions unrelated to what that chamber passed. In a rare move, Davis asked the Senate to overrule McConnell. But that vote failed 28-14.

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