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Gene Taylor discusses healthcare, Afghanistan

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The healthcare reform debate has been passionate all across the country.

U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor has seen and experienced some of the opposition to the current healthcare plan.

"A lot of people heard some very loud concerns back home," Taylor said, referring outraged town hall meetings.

Taylor said there has been an outcry from those opposed to healthcare reform. He, along with some other House and Senate members think it is time to go back to the drawing board.

"I think that there is so much anxiety about the present bill," said Taylor. "I think that the smartest thing that could happen is just say forget that let's narrow the focus."

Taylor said he's thinks President Obama is handling healthcare the way he should.

"I think he's probably taking the approach he ought to be taking which is we've to do better; that it doesn't have to be his way or the highway," Taylor said.

Taylor has co-sponsored legislation which would call for the use of more generic drugs. He also believes the government to use its purchasing power to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Taylor says the government should remove insurance companies' exemptions from anti-trust laws to force better competition.

"Let's clear the table of all those controversial issues and let's just go back to things that make sense," said Taylor.

 Taylor also has his focus on the war in Afghanistan. He calls the region corrupt and says the corruption won't stop. Taylor says the sooner the troops are withdrawn, the better.

"It has gone from a hunt for Bin Laden to trying to create an Afghan government, and they have never in the history of that nation had a strong central government," said Taylor.

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