Minor – My friend Gene Taylor

My old friend Gene Taylor admirably has been a fiscal hawk in Congress, but when he views the healthcare crisis through that prism, he comes down on the wrong side of this country’s most urgent social need.

When the 4th District Democratic Congressman said on Mississippi Public Broadcasting recently that the U.S. couldn’t cover all of the people who lack health care protection he was wrong. What we can’t afford is the status quo.

Unfortunately, Gene Taylor seems blinded by what overhauling the entire health care system MIGHT cost, adding to government obligations for Medicaid and Medicare as well as health care programs for federal employees (Congress included) and the Veterans Administration. Where I take issue is that Gene seems to assume that the entrenched health care industry for profit can’t be reformed by government intervention.

Bill Minor
Neshoba Democrat