JACKSON – Roger Wicker, virtually handed a U.S. Senate seat wrapped in a Christmas package in December, 2007, has quickly become a loyal member of the “No” party – otherwise the Republican Party – voting down the line against any bill backed by President Obama.
Especially if it has a scent of taxes, even a revenue measure slightly raising taxes of people with incomes over $200,000 to extend health care coverage for more than 30 million Americans having no health insurance. Obama accomplished a goal of universal health care that has eluded other presidents for 70 years.
One important benefit for Mississippians under the Health Care Reform Act is that 325,000 of them will be eligible to get on Medicaid rolls. Perhaps Wicker prefers to protect corporations and persons with high incomes rather than expand health care coverage in the nation’s poorest state, which he represents.