Network working to get SC's uninsured to the polls

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Progressive Network is going door-to-door to persuade poor, uninsured voters to turn out in November to oppose Gov. Nikki Haley's refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility.

The network of activists launched the "Healthy Democracy Road Show" Thursday at the Statehouse. Network director Brett Bursey says more than 176,000 registered voters in South Carolina would qualify for Medicaid if the state would approve the expansion as intended in the federal health care overhaul, and volunteers statewide are working to make sure they know that.

Bursey says the network cross-referenced census and state election data to create lists of uninsured voters who would qualify.

He says residents are not being told who to vote for, but are asked to vote for the candidate who supports providing them health care.

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