Southern States Remain Solidly Opposed To Health Care Overhaul

ATLANTA (March 31, 2013)--As more Republicans give in to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, an bloc of opposition remains strong across the South, including governors who lead some of the nation's poorest and unhealthiest states.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said recently that her state will not expand Medicaid on Mr. Obama's watch, or at 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.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a vocal opponent.

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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