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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 06:44 AM
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"Blue Dog" Taylor rejects Obama plan
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Taylor rejects Obama plan

The Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor wanted to talk about shipbuilding and other issues before taking up health care at a town hall meeting.

But the crowd did not want to wait.

About 700 people showed up for the Monday night meeting in Moss Point and chanted "health care" when the south Mississippi Democrat began discussing other topics.

Taylor made it clear that he's "not going to vote for" health care reform being pushed by Democratic President Barack Obama.

The health care plan has become a contentious issue across the nation amid calls for creating a government-run option to compete with private insurance companies. Proposals for nonprofit cooperative ventures have emerged as an alternative.

Taylor, a member of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, has said he's concerned about the cost of the plan.

"I would hope that everyone in this room knows by now that I am not going to vote for the health care plan," Taylor said, eliciting a standing ovation.

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