GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Eight South Carolina legislators have filed a bill calling for the sale of a hospital system, a move that officials with the medical center described as a political attack.

The legislators tell the Greenville News that the sale of Greenville Health System would generate an estimated $2 billion to $3 billion. They say that money would be shared with various governmental, educational and other types of groups.

The legislators opposed GHS's change from a public nonprofit to a private, nonprofit multi-regional health system in 2015 because it ended government oversight of public assets.

GHS spokeswoman Sandy Dees said the sale is not in the best interest of the community.

And a key Senate leader said he believes the sale could be "a tremendous step backward."

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com