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Graham, Gowdy speak in Greenville about changes to Obamacare

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Lindsey Graham spoke in Greenville about proposed changes to Obamacare. (Feb. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Lindsey Graham spoke in Greenville about proposed changes to Obamacare. (Feb. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke in Greenville on Friday about their proposed changes to Obamacare.

The pair is pushing for legislation that would give states the ability to opt out of major provisions in the Affordable Care Act, according to the senator.

"Our legislation gives the people of South Carolina a chance to have their say about Obamacare," said Graham. "Many Americans are tired of being run over by the Obamacare 'we know best' train. If a state wants to stay in Obamacare, let them be our guest. But I think the overwhelming feeling is that South Carolinians want out."

Graham said the legislation, dubbed the State Health Care Choice Act, would allow individual states to opt out of several mandates in the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and the employer mandate.

The individual mandate penalizes citizens who do not have government approved healthcare, and the employer mandate penalizes businesses that do not provide government approved health insurance.

"Our bill would allow a state like South Carolina the option to opt out of the ACA's mandates, while giving each state the flexibility to decide," said Gowdy. "We have heard from our constituents who are struggling under the ACA. We should give them the chance to get out from under the thumb of Washington and this unworkable law."

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