South Carolina Governor Rejects Millions in Federal Funding for Health Insurance Exchange

South Carolina's Gov. Nikki Haley said the state will not accept millions of dollars in federal funding intended to help South Carolina set up a health insurance exchange, according to a Miami Herald report.

Under the healthcare reform law, states must set up health insurance exchanges by Jan. 2014 or invite the federal government to intervene. The exchanges are intended to serve as marketplaces for individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance.

Gov. Haley and Tony Keck, whom the governor appointed to head the state's Department of Health and Human Services, said the federal plan is not the right fit for South Carolina. According to the report, the governor remains "an equal opportunity opponent of ObamaCare."

Democrats say Gov. Haley is hurting millions of South Carolinians by "playing politics" with the issue.

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