Senate Dems Criticize Deal's Refusal of State Exchange

Senate Dems React With Criticism to Deal's Decision Refusing State Exchange

Fort says Deal ignored blue ribbon panel recommendations

  The Senate Democrats were quick to respond with sharp criticism over Gov. Nathan Deal's unilateral decision refusing to participate in the state health care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"It is unfortunate that the Governor has chosen to put politics over the needs of Georgians. He has ignored his own blue ribbon panel's recommendation to include state health care exchanges," said Sen. Vincent Fort, whip of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Deal's characterization of the health care exchanges as a one-size-fits-all contradicts the reality that we are sacrificing any impact the state of Georgia may have in how our exchange is set up, Fort said.

"Regardless of his decision not to set up the exchanges, we urge him to proceed with the expansion of Medicaid so thousands more Georgians can have access to health care, including children and families caring for aging parents," Fort said.

Thousands of Georgians are without health insurance. The costs associated with this are widespread. Most insured individuals pay around $1,300 every year to defray the costs of those without insurance. The cost to businesses is great and it takes a negative toll on our state economy.###

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George Wilson December 15, 2012 at 03:59 AM
@karsten Torch Government projects create many things through funded research projects;ie, micro computers,the internet.atomic power,etc..The list is rather long.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 15, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Yes the FEDS would fund 3 years worth and then the full cost to operate and expand from there on belongs to GA. for EVERMORE but you're stuck with DC conditions. Mandates - we need them to survive... A real money saver if you blow the pittance in the FIRST year...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
We also freely confess that a broken analog watch is right twice a day, EVERY day...
Tammy Osier December 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Karsten (and those willing to listen and learn), I think we could find some understanding in all this if we used California as an illustration of what happens when you follow though on the logic that the government wants us to enact on a federal level. California has used the same policies with disastrous results. As a result, all the "money" is leaving California and moving to Texas and other states that won't penalize them to death. The people there are so used to high taxes and cost of living that why they continue to put the people there in office is an inigma to me. I guess after a certain amount of time you come to see your world as reality, not knowing there's a better way (well, some do-they move out of the state). I haven't done much research into that, but you may have. I'd be interested to see that. As a teacher, I use a lot of illustration to help my students learn and it usually works. And from what I understand, California is a perfect example. People won't learn from history, so use something they can see that's in operation today.
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