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Gov. Nikki Haley Wants Congress To “Defund Obamacare”

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With new online health insurance exchanges set to launch Tuesday, consumers in many Southern and Plains states will have to look harder for information on how the marketplaces work than their counterparts elsewhere. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

With new online health insurance exchanges set to launch Tuesday, consumers in many Southern and Plains states will have to look harder for information on how the marketplaces work than their counterparts elsewhere. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — While South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she wants Congress to “defund Obamacare,” she doesn’t support shutting down the federal government to do so.

Haley emphasized her opposition to the federal health care law earlier this week in announcing her re-election bid. She told supporters she’s going to continue fighting the law until Congress is convinced to defund it.

But campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said Friday that while she wants to stop the law, she does not support shutting down the rest of government. He says Haley trusts South Carolina’s congressmen to determine how to undo it.

A national Tea Party group stopped in Charleston this week as part of its effort to urge Republican lawmakers to oppose any federal spending bill that includes funding for the health care overhaul.

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