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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 recently 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!

Laney November 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Governor Deal has healthcare that Georgians provide, but he doesn't want to provide healthcare for Georgians who have gone uninsured because of pre-existing conditions. Good luck to you next election Governor.
30080 November 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The only thing right about Deal is his political leanings.
American November 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Obama created Obamacare so let him pay for it. The feds will only pay for it for a few years then the states have to pick up the costs which means increased taxes. Obama passed the killer program without the people's support so why should we pay for it. No one is denied medical care and my insurance rates have skyrocketed since Obama dictated this government entitlement
Albert Maguffin November 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
"American" the people did and do support it. Period. You are lying if you are suggesting that nobody is denied medical care and you are lying that your rates "have skyrocketed"
American November 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Wow! I thought I was paying my bills for healthcare? I did not know you were able to see my bills. Over 60% of the American public want Obamacare repealed! You have a FACT to say otherwise?-
Laney November 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
American: 'everything' has skyrocket. After losing my job at age 51 after a 30 year career, I have not been able to get health insurance because of high cholesterol. With Obamacare I can no longer be denied, but I still have to pay for it and I'll bet my premium is higher than yours, but I too do not pay your bills so can't say for certain, but I can say for certain the premium is higher than the neighbor who is my age and who is still employed and has health insurance through his employer. Signed: A white republican.

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