UPDATE: Childers says he wants health care reform, but not HR 3200

TUPELO – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers says he won’t vote for a health care bill just out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

“I will not support it, as it’s constituted today,” the Booneville Democrat told the Daily Journal Editorial Board earlier today.

However, Childers said he wants health care reform that will address cost-cutting and is fair to small-business owners.

“Why should we punish the only people who are creating jobs?” he said.

Childers predicted he is more likely to agree with a health care reform bill under development in the Senate, which he described as much more middle-of-the-road, although any bill will be changed many times before it’s finally considered.

He also said he doesn’t favor a government-run plan but wants to give the private health insurance industry a chance to come up with affordable coverage programs.

For more details, read Tuesday’s Daily Journal.

Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

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