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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the most important part of a new health care bill for veterans passed by Congress is giving administrators the ability to fire poorly performing employees.

Graham said Tuesday that getting rid of the people who have caused problems in the Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics is the only way to assure that wait times get shorter and the quality of care gets better.

The South Carolina Republican also praised the new Veterans Choice Card in the bill, which will allow veterans to get care from a nearby private doctor if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility or aren't given an appointment for care within 30 days.

"It will make the VA more responsible because veterans will have a choice so if the VA doesn't deliver they're going to lose a lot of business," Graham said.

In our state, about $14 million will be invested into new facilities in Myrtle Beach and Charleston, but nothing new will be at the Dorn VA Hospital in the Midlands.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.

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