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'No' to reform

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was in Columbia on Tuesday to talk health care. He voted against the plan passed in the Senate that provides coverage to the uninsured and protects those with insurance from being denied coverage. Graham's view on health care:

Too expensive. Graham estimates the bill eventually will raise taxes by $500 billion. The Senate plan includes tax increases on the richest Americans.

Too big. Graham predicts four in five Americans eventually will be under government-run health insurance plans. The plan lawmakers are considering would expand Medicaid in South Carolina. But Graham's math is probably bloated. His projection assumes employers will abandon providing health coverage and force workers into government plans.

Too many sweetheart deals. Graham argues the deal cut by Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, whose state would not have to pay for Medicaid expansion in the bill, is unfair to South Carolinians. Nelson agreed to support the bill after this provision was granted.

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