Health Care Summit Ends

Following a health care summit with President Barack Obama and other Democrats, some Republicans said the two sides are still far apart.

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said that about 59 percent of Americans and most Mississippians don't want the bill proposed by Democrats.

Wicker said people are concerned about what the Democratic bill would do to Medicare and the federal deficit. He said, unless Democrats are willing to scrap the bill, the summit was "little more than political theater".

Closing the day-long summit, Obama said there is no time for another year of debate on the issue.

Republicans have insisted that he scrap Democratic bills and start anew.

Obama says if he can't close the gap with Republicans on the issue of extending coverage, he will have to move ahead without GOP input.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    @ Insured. If the government adopts a universal health care plan, then there will be a way low-income people can pay into health care. There are health care plans that will somewhat fit their budget.Many people that don't have insurance are working people. The reason they don't have insurance is due to increased premiums or many businesses don't offer insurance b/c of the expense. The ones we consider low-income either have MCR or MCD.
  • by B.E. Responsible Location: Lauderdale County on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    CANDY and INSURED: And where does the government get the money to pay 50% to 60% of healthcare? I suggest you check your pockets.
  • by Insured Location: Meridian on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    Candy, I kinda agree But if they can't pay for it now how are they going to when it is mandatory? They are not people like me who works and pays taxes will have to. Now not only are we feeding and housing people but we are making sure they are healthy. I should just get fired go on welfare and won't have to worry about a thing.
  • by CANDY Location: lauderdale on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    I agree with you Bob to a certain extent. The party of no states that they don't want the government to take control of health care. But the government pays 50 to 60% of health care anyway (MCR & MCD). Obama stated specifically that this new plan would not compromise MCR only MCR advantage which doesn't provide for the majority of MCR patients. Now if health care isn't reformed MCR part A will be depleted in 2018. MCR Part A is hospital insurance which is very expensive and almost no one elderly person can afford $70,000 to $100,000 yearly if an elderly gets sick/ chronically ill. Also noted this plan would reduce premiums. Premiums are hiked due to increasing cost of health care. Health care cost are increasing due to the uninsured population and other things (ie technolgy)but the uninsured plays a significant part. I would rather for everyone to pay which reduces premiums and the cost of heath care overall.
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    To BOB, is it my job as a tax payor to provide for your faimely. your right we are the party of no. no more hand outs on my tax money,to dead beats who won't work. OBAMA says he's createing new jobs why don't you have one?
  • by B.E. Responsible Location: Lauderdale County on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:30 AM
    Bob, who do you propose to pay for your healthcare? One of the rich greedy taxpayers on the way to the poorhouse?
  • by bob Location: meridian,ms on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    i have no healthcare,and to to see a dr. last week. it cost 85.00 for a office vista. i got 2 presciption 1 cost 29.95 and a bottle of cough syrup cost 71.00 get me a break. my wife had to go to the er. last yr. and it cost all most 10,000 dollars. she was there for about 4 hr. you can lose your job like i did and the same thing can happen to you.the party of no are not for the working people, but for the big ins. co.
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