South Carolina House debating Medicaid expansion

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina House Democrats are urging Republicans to break from their caucus' stance and extend Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of residents.

Several Democrats cited scripture Tuesday in calling expansion of the government health care program a moral obligation. They reminded legislators what the Bible says about treatment of "the least of these."

Gov. Nikki Haley and the House GOP caucus oppose the expansion, which would extend eligibility to more than 300,000 poor adults.

Democrats argue it makes sense to do so for at least three years while the federal government promises to cover the costs. They say officials can evaluate later whether to continue coverage as the state match grows to 10%.

Republicans counter it would be politically impossible to toss people off rolls once they're enrolled.

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