Wicker Says House Bill Imposes Mandate on Individuals

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker spoke about the health care debate Thursday afternoon in Waynesboro. He was invited to speak to the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs there.

Wicker said the House version of a health care reform bill that narrowly passed last weekend also includes a first-of-its-kind mandate on individuals.

"It would be the first time the federal government has ever required individuals to purchase something," said Wicker. "And of course if they don't do it there would be penalties. And in my understanding there would be a potential for jail time there."

Wicker said competition is what helps keep costs down, rather than mandates.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he still hopes to bring a reform package to the floor next week. His target remains passing a bill by year's end.

Wicker said he does believe there will be ample time for the debate.

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  • by ed on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:37 PM
    agrees with this.. each state has their own rules and state sets the prices, packages and what they can or cant charge even if you switch companies you don't save much people forget it is the state regulatory commission that sets the prices and packages not the companies. That's why you see a insurance ad on TV, radio, news papers or on the internet they have disclaimer that it isn't in all states and prices may very.
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