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SC, GA govs oppose healthcare ruling while NC gov in support

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GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Both Republican governors in Georgia and South Carolina spoke out Thursday against the Supreme Court's upholding of the federal health care law while North Carolina's governor called it "welcome news."

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

The Republican governor said Thursday 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.

She repeated her stance that the law should be repealed under a new administration.

The high court ruled states cannot lose funding if they don't expand Medicaid coverage, making it an option. That now becomes a question for legislators.

Haley would not say whether she thinks the state should expand coverage. She said again she favors throwing the whole law out.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is calling on Congress to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul hours after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its key provisions.

The Republican governor described the ruling as a "huge setback for fiscal sanity and personal liberty." He said Congress must repeal and replace the law.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, joined with other states seeking to block the law. He said the Supreme Court ruling implies there are no longer meaningful limits on federal authority. He is also calling for the law to be repealed.

Deal did not immediately discuss whether or how his administration would implement the law in the aftermath of the court's ruling. He is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. about the court's decision.

North Carolina's Governor Bev Perdue said the ruling was welcome news for approximately 95,000 young people who will be able to stay on their family's health insurance plan because of this law.

Perdue also said it was welcome news for more than 530,000 North Carolina children with pre-existing medical conditions that have been denied insurance previously.

"I am committed to continuing to move forward, and to keep fighting to ensure that all North Carolinians have affordable, reliable health coverage that they can count on," said Perdue.

The governor said the law will benefit women, seniors and families in North Carolina.

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

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