The South: A near-solid block against 'Obamacare'

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By Jonathan Oh

ATLANTA (AP) — As more Republicans give in to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, an opposition bloc remains across the South, including from governors who lead some of the nation's poorest and unhealthiest states.

Gov. Nikki Haley said recently that South Carolina will not expand Medicaid on Obama's watch — or any time after that.

Widening Medicaid insurance rolls, a joint federal-state program for low-income Americans, is an anchor of the 2010 law. But states get to decide whether to take the deal, and from Virginia to Texas — a region encompassing the old Confederacy and Civil War border states — Florida's Rick Scott is the only Republican governor to endorse expansion.

Tennessee's Bill Haslam, the Deep South's last governor to take a side, added his name Wednesday to the opposition.

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