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Sen. Graham to enroll in Obamacare

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WASHINGTON (WCIV) -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham will enroll in the Affordable Care Act's South Carolina health exchange, he announced Monday. He says he will also give up the special taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress.

However, South Carolina does not have a state health exchange. It is among more than two dozen states that did not create a state exchange and fell by default into the federal exchange.

"I don't think Members of Congress should get a special deal," said Graham.  "Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else."

Graham says he could have enrolled in the DC Health Link exchange and the government would have covered about 75 percent of his health care premium. That exchange, Graham said, is only available to members of Congress.

"As a 58-year old male living in Oconee County my insurance costs are going up about $400 a month, more than 200 percent, under Obamacare," said Graham.  "In addition, my health care coverage will be a fraction of what it used to be.  Sadly, I'm not the only one who will feel the negative effects of Obamacare.  It's happening all over South Carolina."

Graham has not given a date when he will enroll.

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