Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:13:35 GMT
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:31 GMT
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:16 GMT
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
There was a heated exchange Thursday afternoon between Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, Mike Chaney and director of health policy studies at the CATO Institute, Michael Cannon.
It happened after Cannon publicly slammed states for moving forward with a state insurance exchange program, which is required by the Affordable Care Act, recently upheld by the Supreme Court.
Cannon says Mississippi should not set up an exchange nor should the state expand the Medicaid program. It's those two issues causing a lot of debate.
"These two elements of the law are going to increase to cost of health insurance, they're going to increase the cost of government, they're going to throw people out of their current health insurance and they're going to make it harder for sick people to have access to care," said Cannon.
Chaney says he agrees that Obamacare needs to be repealed and hopes the exchange won't be needed if presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wins the White House.
"If we don't pull the plug before the election, we'll make a decision after the election, the presidential election in November, as to whether or not to move forward with the exchange," said Chaney.
Meanwhile, director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, Ed Sivak, says the state needs to act on both elements. Sivak says last year Medicaid spending was responsible for $2 billion in income.
"Sitting back and doing nothing is not a viable option in Mississippi. We stand to lose millions of dollars over the next several years to provide coverage for the uninsured. For some of our rural hospitals, that's the difference of staying in business or going out of business," said Sivak.
As the debate rages on, Cannon says Mississippi needs to join other states in resisting the law.
"If states refuse to create exchanges or refuse to expand their Medicaid programs, it exposes the cost of this law in a way that will force Congress to reopen it and repeal it," said Cannon.
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