(CNN) - As Capitol Hill Democrats make a final push to try to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this week, South Carolina's Republican governor is out with a warning for taxpayers in his state.
"It's worth noting that today, the Fifteenth of March, is remembered as the 'Ides of March'- a day of reckoning and foreboding," Gov. Mark Sanford says in a written statement that criticizes the Democratic health care reform plan. "In the same way, today represents a time of foreboding for our nation given the historic nature of what is taking place in Washington."
Sanford's statement draws from the common expression "Beware the Ides of March," which refers to March 15, the date Roman emperor Julius Caesar was murdered by associates. The phrase has since been used to warn of ominous events thought to be in the near future.
With Monday's statement, Sanford seems to be doing what he can to try to murder the Democratic bill that has been one of President Obama's top domestic priorities in the past year.
"I believe it is a mistake both financially and medically, and that forcing this enormous healthcare plan on South Carolinians and Americans in general amounts to nothing less than Congressional malpractice."
If passed, Sanford says, the legislation will grow enrollment in South Carolina's Medicaid program to unprecedented levels and cost state taxpayers a minimum of an additional $687 million over the next decade. Sanford also says the bill will increase the state's costs for its pharmacy rebate program.
"These numbers are untenable given our state's current budget challenges, and state legislators would be forced to either cut significantly in the areas of education, law enforcement and economic development, or raise taxes," says Sanford.
Sanford closes by urging South Carolina taxpayers "to make their voices heard" to two South Carolina Democrats - House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn and Rep. John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
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