Haley: 'Let states opt out of fed health care law'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are backing federal legislation to free states from some of the rules in the new national health care laws.

Graham said Monday he's introducing legislation to allow states to opt out of requirements that individuals and employers buy health insurance and for states to expand Medicaid programs. Haley and Graham say the expansion will devastate state budgets.

Supporters of the federal health care law say costs will rise but the state will get more federal matching dollars for what it spends on Medicaid.

The supporters say consumers like the end to lifetime coverage limits and allowing children to stay on parents' health care policies until they're 26.

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