Clyburn says health care is civil rights issue

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House is comparing state efforts to sue the federal government over health care to attempts to derail civil rights nearly 50 years ago.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is again promising a legal challenge of the health care overhaul passed by Congress on Sunday. Calling it "clearly unconstitutional," McMaster says he will join Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in challenging the measure.

But House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says South Carolina politicians also pledged to undo the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The South Carolina Democrat says they claimed integrating schools was unconstitutional, too. He called health care the civil rights issue of the 21st century because insurance companies now kick people off policies and deny coverage.

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