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Is Gov. Deal Right to Refuse to Create State Health Exchange?

Georgia's Governor cites unknown costs, lack of flexibility in federal regulations.

Gov. Nathan Deal today told the Obama administration that Georgia will not set up its own health care exchange, citing the administration's "one-size fits all" approach and the high cost that the law places on states.

“I remain committed to common sense health care solutions that empower consumers to take responsibility for their own health, motivate the private sector and drive efficiencies for consumers, employers and governments alike,” Deal said in a press release. “I continue to hope that we might finally engage in a serious conversation about restoring meaningful flexibility to states around health care programs.”

Deal said the federal government needs to loosen regulations that restrict states’ options. He said he would support a "free market-based approach that could serve as a useful tool for Georgia’s small businesses, but federal guidelines forbid that."

Senate Democrats in Georgia already have criticized Deal's decision.

"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 in a news release sent by the Senate Democratic Caucus.

"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.

What do you think about the governor's decision? Tell us in the comments below!

KELLI November 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Republicans are not qualified to speak for every American. Fact is - the one-size-fits-all healthcare is bad at all and it's a heck of lot less confusing than the 'current' Medicare system with too many choices and none being a good fit (know what I mean)! Many people have said how they miss the original Medicare because it was affordable, simple yet effective, efficient and a breeze to use.... The only thing that needed to be fixed was the cheating by crooked greedy people, but that never got done though it's all that needed to be changed... Take your so-called 'choice' and shove it! My prediction is that you repub governors that insist on forcing your far-right agenda upon the masses without their permission will be looking for other work in the elections of 2014... We couldn't get to vote all of you out, this time around but it's only a matter of time...
Truthseeker November 17, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Bottom line is, the so called Affordable Care Act is nothing of the kind. It is nothing more then an unread, one sided, partisan hack bill with 2700 pages that no one read. The bill was shoved down the throats of Americans on Christmas eve. The more we find out about this atrocity the worse it gets. Obama lie #1 - If you like your insurance you can keep. Fact - The penalty companies have to pay for not insuring employees is LESS then it cost's to cover them. Just wait, no company will willingly choose to continue to provide healthcare. Obama Lie #2 - If you like your doctor you can keep them. Fact is there are already a large number of physicians who no longer take Medicaid & Medicare patients because the government continues to reduce payments.. There will be a doctor shortage. Many doctors have already stated they will no longer practice under Obamacare. Obama Lie #3 - Families will see their healthcare premiums go down by $2500. Not only has it not gone down it's skyrocketing. The bill is written to put the responsibility on the state's. The state's will be left holding the untenable bag of paying for it. Thank you Gov. Deal - Don't just say no. Say hell no.
Emil Walcek November 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Taking a contrarian approach at this point is counter productive.
Truthseeker November 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Emil, So how much would you like taxes to go up in the state of Georgia to pay for a crippling bad legislative bill? Do you like the current path of government spending significantly more revenues generated? If you see a car going off the cliff do you say "well it was heading that way anyway." or should you say "Put the breaks on if you want to survive." Clearly Obama and the Democrats do not have any sort of mandate. So why just go along with their agenda? 49% of the voting block said no to their policies. Not an insignificant number. KELLI ( all caps) Thanks for your typical nasty, bitter, divisive rhetoric. Just more spewing from the community organizer in chief. I know Saul Alinsky would be proud.
Kyle Tripp November 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Deal, for once, is absolutely 100% correct in refusing to set up a state health exchange. State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. (http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-is-still-vulnerable)
jgreen November 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM
He was elected to lead but he punts because things did not go his way...continuing to defer to Fox viewers is a losing strategy as the nation is leaning forward. Stol fighting the Civil war...you LOST
jgreen November 18, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Truthseeker almost 52% did agree with Obama...think about it like this...Obama won by well.over 3 million votes or the city of Miami....when you get on medicare/ss you will be using socialist system...lol

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