Locals React to Health Care Reform Vote

The health care reform measure that passed Sunday in the U.S. House of Representatives is still not a done deal.

Within the last year , Dr. Scott Anderson of Meridian served as one of the policy making delegates from Mississippi for the American Medical Association.

Anderson said house members approved a 'big bill' from the Senate on health care reform and a smaller bill to 'fix' things they thought were wrong in the big bill.

Anderson says those changes must now be approved by the Senate.

"The problem being, this could go on and on and on," said Dr. Anderson. "They're trying to get this down by Easter. And you can imagine, with a 3,000 page health care bill, how easy it's going to be to get a line by line review to get that squared away."

Meanwhile, local opponents of the bill say their work is also not finished.

"The only bipartisan part of this was with the opposition," said Paul Tarver of MeridianTeaPaty.com. "So for all tea parties across the country, it's not over. November's coming."

Immediately following Sunday's vote, Tarver says tea party members nationwide started working on strategies to defeat all 219 Democrats in the House who voted for the bill.

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