Sen. Wicker visits the Pine Belt, discusses government regulation on small businesses

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM CDT
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If someone said Sen. Roger Wicker dressed in full hospital attire on Thursday, you'd have to see it to believe it."I'm here today to learn about some issues that our physicians in Mississippi have with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, CMS," Wicker said.

The Senator followed an ophthalmologist  to watch tedious eye procedures that make a difference in the lives of most folks who go under the laser.

"I'm actually getting to do something today that most members of congress don't ever have the opportunity to do. We have a lady who says she doesn't mind if I watch," Wicker added.

Wicker says he's concerned about small businesses like the Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg.

"A lot of people feed their families by being employees at a facility like this and so I'm here today to learn as much as I can while congress is not in session and see if there's not a way we can make the rules more efficient for the patients and for the people providing healthcare."

Throughout the duration of his visit, he noted the lengthy steps doctors and nurses must go through to meet protocol prior to treating and diagnosing patients.

"We need the regulations... We need to make sure the public is confident, but also they (the government) don't need to stifle job creation or business expansion," Wicker noted.

Wicker says he hopes to apply what he learned on Thursday to congress for discussion when the Senate reconvenes on October 4.