Barbour: Federal health mandates are too costly

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal health care overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates.

The Republican spoke to hundreds of people Wednesday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups.

Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that President Barack Obama signed in March.

The law is being phased in over several years.

Wednesday’s meeting in Jackson was designed to answer business people’s questions about how they’ll be affected, but Barbour says it’s too early to know all the ramifications.

The Associated Press