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Wilson ready to obstruct health care reform

Jan 4, 2011 7:25:00 PM - thestate.com
Beaufort - Repealing health care reform and cutting taxes are at the top of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's agenda — and thanks to a new Republican-led House of Representatives, he's optimistic about his goals.

“For the past four years, I've had my agenda, but sadly, the agenda hadn't progressed very far,” Wilson said Monday during a stop at Earl's Body Shop in Beaufort. “There are 87 new conservatives who will be sworn in on Wednesday. And so I'm excited.”

The 30-minute stop was the last of three the West Columbia Republican made Monday to outline his agenda. He fielded questions from a group of about 20 people at the businesses where he also made a campaign stop during his re-election bid last year.

“This was the last stop that he had prior to his re-election,” said Fred Krumm, owner of Earl's Body Shop. “I love for him to come out because he listens to us.”

Wilson said he chose the location to highlight the importance of job creation, and suggested a 5 percent, across-the-board income-tax cut to jump-start hiring.