Wicker: "There are major problems"

By: The Associated Press, ABC
By: The Associated Press, ABC

In advance of President Barack Obama's health care speech to Congress, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker spoke about proposed reform.

The president is expected to tell lawmakers and the nation exactly how he wants to expand health care.

According to a senior official, he's expected to make a fresh argument for a government-run insurance option, but he won't be demanding that option.

"Regardless of how that is resolved there are major problems with this comprehensive legislation that make me wish and want to urge the president to take a step by step approach and do the things we can do that won't break the bank," said Wicker. "Even if the public option is off the table, you still have a bill that costs over $800 billion over a 10 year period."

Despite controlling both houses of Congress, Democrats seem unable to agree among themselves on an overhaul plan.


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  • by Ruth on Sep 10, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    No one has to "get over" anything. All leaders are open to criticism. President Bush was criticized. President Clinton was criticized. President Obama will be criticized by people who disagree with him all the time he is in office. We're not shutting up, just like you didn't shut up when there were things you didn't like under previous administrations. That's the way it works. Everybody has free speech, regardless of what color a president happens to be. Government-run health care is not a "little thing". It's a big, expensive thing and it's always us taxpayers who foot the bill. I know I will speak out whenever I believe something is important enough, and you can bet there are others who feel just as I do. I respect the president, but I do not agree with him on some big issues. I can tell you truthfully and passionately, I'm not going away.
  • by RedLine Citizen Location: Meridian on Sep 10, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    Can the people in the United states get use to a black president. He has to fight for ever little thing he wants to pass. The republicans will go against him even though they know its the right thing to do. Get over it !!!!!!!
  • by Dave on Sep 9, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    Free people can question anything and everything. Get used to it. Now you know how supporters of Presidents Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, etc., felt. Obama will be treated equally and get as much praise or criticism as they did. He's not exempt from criticism or disagreement. And by the way, he'll be right sometimes but never all of the time. He's a human being, subject to frailty and mistakes just like anyone else.
  • by m&m Location: alabama on Sep 9, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    The only problem I see is wicker and the people like him always complaining...Get a lyfe and leave obama alone...This is our president so get use 2 it wicker..
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