The U.S. Senate is still debating a health care overhaul bill. Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker says the Senate version includes federal funds for abortion, when the House version does not.
Plus, he says it has cuts for Medicare and payments to nursing homes, as well as state mandates that will raise taxes in Mississippi and elsewhere.
"When I was in high school, Medicare accounted for only a very small part of the budget, 1 percent. Now we know that it has expanded and doubled and doubled again. And that is what will almost surely happen to any big federal program like this health care expansion. "
Wicker said the Senate leadership is trying to push through the health care legislation by a Christmas deadline. But he says the date is arbitrary and there's no need to rush to a floor vote.