Mississippi Lawmakers Respond to Health Care Debate

With 63 of the state's 82 counties considered under-served in health care, two lawmakers who serve on state public health committees agree that something must be done.

"In listening to our national leaders there is a lot of concern of what's in the bill and I think there's a lot of uncertainty of some things and that this will have to be ironed out to say whether this is the way we need to go," said state rep. Billy Nicholson, a Democrat who represents District 78.

“If you put too many guidelines out there or if people don't have a choice and they're fixed up with a doctor that's 35 miles away, transportation is an issue. Most of the people are covered. There are those who don't, but there's got to be a way to do it without disrupting what we have in place now," said state Sen. Terry Burton, a Republican who represents District 31.

Both Nicholson and Burton are members of the public health committees within their respective chambers.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    There is so much criticism of the proposed health care reform, but that's all I hear, CRITICISM. None of the people criticizing are offering any solutions. All you hear is "something must be done" or I don't agree with how Washington is handling health care. Offer solutions people (Wicker and Burton included). I'm sure "Washington" will listen and try to compromise. I'm sure most of the people criticizing and protesting have health care insurance. Another thing, before you criticize, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.
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