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SC lawmakers react to healthcare ruling

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GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina lawmakers, leaders and healthcare officials have released their own statements in reaction to Thursday's historic ruling by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act.

The Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 that Congress has the right to require Americans to buy health insurance by 2014, a key provision of the healthcare reform law.

While President Obama said Thursday the court's decision was a victory for "people all over this country" many in South Carolina disagreed.

Republicans and opponents of the act have said they are upset that the court ruled the individual mandate as a tax when Obama and Democrats previously denied it was a tax.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the court's decision to uphold the federal health care law represents a huge tax increase on the American people that will kill jobs.

Haley said the decision reaffirms to her that President Barack Obama needs to be replaced in November. Haley endorsed Mitt Romney before South Carolina's presidential primary and campaigned for him inside and outside the state.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC., called out his Democratic colleagues to either stand by their tax increase or, "stand with us to Repeal and Replace Obamacare." Read the rest of his statement along with other South Carolina lawmakers here.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement on the ruling:

"The Obama Administration, through Congress, has now been allowed to pass this tax on all Americans. It was, and is, a wolf in sheep's clothing. Congress must now repeal this tax and draft a solution that will actually help the health care problems this country faces."

"Further, for states like South Carolina, a catastrophic new reality emerges. Under the Act, the states will be forced to expand their Medicaid rolls to unprecedented levels. While the Court ruled today that existing federal money used to fund Medicaid cannot be cut, any new money necessary to fund this explosion of new recipients could be withheld from any state that does not fall in line with Congress' wishes. Many states will simply not be able to afford this new onerous mandate."

While it may be too early to know how the law will impact South Carolina, some healthcare officials are pleased with the ruling. Read their responses here.

The Associated Press reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Thursday the House will vote the week of July 9 on whether to repeal the law.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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