MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Although new health care reform is now law, at least one local congressional member hopes the issue can be re-addressed in the future.
Representative Gregg Harper was a guest speaker at Bassfield High School Monday morning encouraging students to succeed not only in school but in life. News 7 asked Harper before hand about his stance on health care why he voted in opposition.
Harper says the bill will push unfunded mandates on the state and although there may be some benefits in the legislation, the bill as a whole is an overreach of the government to solve a problem.
"The major problem in the country is that federal deficit spending. We're spending money that we don't have and this is adding to the deficit, this is not going to reduce the deficit. So, I do think this is something that we need to take another look at. I don't believe these battles are over," said Harper. "If this is such a great plan then why do we have some 39 states that are lining up in opposition to this health insurance, this government takeover of one sixth of our economy."
Harper says another issue is the monitoring of the legislation, mainly making sure everyone has health insurance, which would be put in the hands of the IRS.
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