U.S. Senator Roger Wicker visited the Meridian Lions Club on Thursday, where talk quickly turned to his opinion on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And he let his audience know, it's a healthcare plan he does not hold in high regard.
"It has turned out to be something that's been a shock to most Americans, and much as I feared when I fought Obamacare back in 2009, it has turned out not to be a successful program at all," Senator Wicker says.
Senator Wicker says he still hears stories daily from people struggling with the new health insurance plan. He even has a link set up on his website where people can come to him with their health care struggles.
"A New Jersey man, his premium goes up ten-fold," he shared.
And he shared many of those stories with the lions.
"These are real folks."
But the senator says while he believes the impact of the health care will be costly, the effects of this legislation won't be permanent.
"I think we're going to have to have a couple of elections when that's the issue," Senator Wicker says. "The people will get to make a choice. I think most people agree that the situation has been harmed by this huge federal program. It's going to cost us an arm and a leg as tax payers."
The senator is urging all those who have been negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act to contact their representatives and share their concerns.
"I think the American people get to make a choice every two years, and this November is the next chance we'll get to have our voice heard on that," he says.