Mississippi officials respond to passage of health care reform with criticism

Mississippi elected officials wasted no time in criticizing the health care reform package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday night.

Gov. Haley Barbour, Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Travis Childers and the National Republican Congressional Committee — which is targeting Childers for defeat in this year’s elections — all issued statements within minutes after the House approved the controversial legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama today.

Childers, a Democrat, tempered his criticism, saying he knows reform is important but he didn’t feel the bill as passed “got it right.”

Barbour and Wicker, both Republicans, were much more direct.

“I hope this healthcare plan covers hearing aids,” Barbour said, “because it’s clear Democrats who voted for it have not heard the majority of Americans who didn’t want government-controlled healthcare crammed down their throats.”

Commercial Appeal