South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley said Wednesday she will ask President Barack Obama to allow states to opt out of the new federal health care law.
Haley said that will be her top request as governors-elect of both parties meet with Obama on Thursday. Throughout her campaign, the state's soon-to-be first female and first minority governor pledged to fight the health care overhaul to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
"Rather than mandating health care on South Carolina, please allow me and the state of South Carolina to show true solutions and prove why we don't need that mandate rather than forcing it down on us," she told The Associated Press she plans to say. "South Carolina doesn't want it. We will solve it ourselves without that intrusion."
Estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation show roughly 740,000 South Carolinians lack health insurance.
The comments came after Haley and other Republican governors-to-be met with incoming House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Haley said her first postelection trip to Washington was the start of her effort to ask Congress to stop federal mandates, including stimulus packages "that we don't ask for."