Lawmaker: Under GOP health care bill, Georgia would be ‘significantly punished’

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, will be making the rounds at the state Capitol on Wednesday. He’s already put himself forward as a fan of the House Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act, and will probably make the case to state lawmakers this morning.

Some people will take some convincing. In a morning piece by Andy Miller of Georgia Health News, Gov. Nathan Deal reiterated his position as a potential supporter — but skeptical:

Deal, a Republican, summed up Georgia’s perspective on the proposed new health plan in a few words. “Our message to Congress is: We want to be treated fairly.”

Miller further explains the situation in these paragraphs:

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, a Rome Republican who is a member of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s Health Care Reform Task Force,  said Tuesday that Georgia “would be significantly punished’’ in Medicaid funding under the American Health Care Act.

 

Hufstetler cited Georgia’s conservative per-enrollee spending, plus the fact that the state has not expanded Medicaid. Under the current GOP bill, he said, “Republicans would be rewarding the states that spent the most money on Medicaid.”


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We don’t generally publish state Capitol announcements verbatim, but consider this one:

Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today presented 24 businesses with GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2017 Go Global reception. This state-led awards program recognizes companies that entered into a new international market in the previous year.

It’s just one paragraph, but it underlines the vast difference between Georgia’s economic development strategy and the protectionist approach that President Donald Trump has espoused.

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Rumors are floating around the state Senate of a proposed change to chamber rules that would require any senator holding a position of president pro tem, majority leader or majority whip to resign that leadership spot. Clearly, the effort – which has yet to surface publicly – is aimed at Senate President pro tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, who is contemplating a run for lieutenant governor. The change would require approval by a two-thirds majority, so the bar is high.

In case you’re wondering, we’re told that there is no House rule that would require state Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to resign as speaker should he decide to run for governor.

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There’s a new attempt brewing to define sand dunes – and potentially give developers more leeway to build on the Georgia’s coasts.

A bill introduced by state Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, cleared the Georgia House this month without controversial changes after environmentalists, coastal residents and others joined forces to savage language that would have said mounds of sand “stabilized by indigenous vegetative” aren’t dunes.

A new version of House Bill 271 floating around the statehouse said mounds of sand covered by sea oats or other “pioneer vegetation” are, indeed, dunes. But sand mounds covered with planted and maintained landscaping and separated from the high-water mark by fences or other manmade structures are not. You can get your copy here.

Some environmental groups say this is not the “grand compromise” that it would seem – and have pledged to fight it.

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The conservative anti-tax Club for Growth has endorsed former Johns Creek Councilmember Bob Gray in Georgia’s Sixth District race to replace former Rep. Tom Price.

The super PAC’s president, David McIntosh, called Gray a “proven economic conservative” who will fight for lower taxes and less spending.

“The Club for Growth PAC is proud to endorse a candidate who has successfully put free-market principles into practice and will fight hard for them in the U.S. House,” McIntosh said.

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The latest sign that Washington Democrats are rallying around the candidacy of Jon Ossoff – one of five Democrats in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District:

 

All four of Georgia’s Democratic congressmen are listed as co-hosts of the event, being held at DNC headquarters on Thursday. Virtually every U.S. House Democratic leader, including Nancy Pelosi, is also listed on the host committee.

It looks like Ossoff has another event in the nation’s Capital today — this one a reception hosted by the Democratic fundraising group ActBlue. The event’s Facebook invite lists a handful of lobbyists as cohosts, as well as several former Democratic staffers and a top aide to MoveOn.org.

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Howard Hulsebus
Howard Hulsebus

Please let us hear the exact quote not the liberal interpretation.

JoAnn Fogleman
JoAnn Fogleman

Buy your own insurance. Stop counting on the government. Growing up our families bought their own insurance . The only ones who needs help from the government are seniors , veterans, disable.

Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson

What about all the many, many more who have already lost insurance for so many years? Do you care about any of them? The folks who have Obama care will still be insured. It's the "other" folks who have not had insurance who are in need. How about being honest?

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

The CBO score of the American Health Care Act confirms the legislation will deliver relief to patients across the country. CBO's estimate shows the legislation will lower premiums, reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion, deliver major entitlement reform, and lower taxes by $883 billion, providing massive tax relief for middle-income Americans and small business owners. One of the many reasons Obamacare failed is that it focused on forcing Americans into coverage they did not want and could not afford. Our plan instead is designed to empower Americans to access quality, affordable, and patient-centered health care. It is important to remember the report released scores just one piece of our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. I have said from the beginning AHCA is just the first of many steps to rescue our health care system. There will be administrative relief as well as additional legislation to complete our plan. The CBO report released absolutely does not capture the whole picture about what is actually going to happen to our health care system and it should not be treated that way.

Theresa Nissen
Theresa Nissen

First of all this is not Trumps healthcare plan. It has not even made it to him yet.

Bobby Gattman
Bobby Gattman

I want no less than the same insurance my government has.

Terece Sutherlin
Terece Sutherlin

repeal it and kill it! Its about to collapse anyway from all those who dont pay. Any national health system only works if ALL pay into it. Nothing is free and after the last 8 years of socialism in a democratic country we now have an entire generation that thinks public services are now entitlements. whats next, power,water?????? Time for folks to start paying for what they themselves consume. This is getting stupid

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Republican Health Care Plan: Hurry up and Die!!

Lynn Daniel Briant
Lynn Daniel Briant

It's not Trump's healthcare, it's Paul Ryan's. Repeal Obamacare and work toward cheaper healthcare. Healthcare cost are ridiculous as well as insurance cost. My husband and I have never paid this much before nor had such a huge deductible with less coverage than we have under Obamacare rules.

Theresa Nissen
Theresa Nissen

Constance Rutledge actually it was the democrats that shoved Obama are through do your research.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Lynn Daniel Briant you can thank your republican governor & Washington republicans for the Obamacare "fiasco" you speak of.

Lynn Daniel Briant
Lynn Daniel Briant

Vance Croft I am not blaming anyone but Obama and the Democrats for the insurance fiasco called Obamacare. By the way, I have a wonderful life and I am blessed with a wonderful family and good health.

Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee

5ol lol take the benifits yall giving illi'gals give to america get with the program ga

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Instead of fighting each other we should dismantle Washington. Trump's promises to do so are lies. His agenda is the wealthy plutocrat republican agenda.

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

We are the wealthiest country that has ever existed in the history of the world. The idea that there's no contract assuring our citizens are cared for is a crime against humanity.

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

Your crazy,don't you get tired of being a hipocritical liberal who tries to deny progress in america

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Your grammar and spelling are prime examples of denied progress, I assume?

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

It's the liberals who deny progress in America,it's the liberals who put out fake news and put out fake numbers and fake polls,where they attempted to over shadow the truth by the use of their lies to cover up the truth

David Gallagher
David Gallagher

There's no point in putting a new roof on a house when all the walls and floors are rotten with termites. The only thing to do is tear it down and start again. That's how I see this health care act. But before they start that maybe they should look at the bottom line of health care costs. In 2012 the average base salary of CEO's of the eight leading hospitals was $1.9 million, but with bonuses it ballooned to $9.4 million. One CEO made as much as $21 million. And that's just one person from each of those hospitals. Factor in all the other executive employees and it becomes astronomical before a doctor gets his cut. If you remember Michelle Obama was just a vice president of Community Affairs at Chicago University hospital and she made over $300 thousand per year. Go figure.

Marlyne Morrow
Marlyne Morrow

What we need is Universal healthcare for all which was what President Obama wanted but had to settle for the ACA .

Sar Ree
Sar Ree

No that is socialism. Single pay is like asking us all to go to the va

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

So you would rather spend thousands of dollars so insurance companies can make a profit off of your health?

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Our bent economy doesn't provide enough opportunity or enough resources for folks to pull themselves out of poverty. 99% of all new wealth gains have gone to the wealthy. The free market isn't working in a structure of such grotesque inequality. If the wealthy are going to plunder all the spoils at least they shouldn't let the poor die while doing so.

Bill Sengstacken
Bill Sengstacken

It's no more socialist than relying on police, fire departments or the US Military.

Atheists of Rome GA
Atheists of Rome GA

It's funny because trumps supporters are the ones who will suffer the most. Lets hope after four years enough of them die because of this so that the nation's I.Q. goes up a few points.

Greg P Bates
Greg P Bates

Fools need to stop trying to cut taxes on the rich.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

The GOP's culling of the US population is coming. All of you poor, elderly, & sick folks are taking too much from the top 1% & they need those massive tax cuts that the ACA repeal will bring them !! Suck it up buttercups, you asked for it, you got it !! Guess what, Washington republicans are currently trying to gut social security too !! Yippee \U0001f603 !!

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Why are you spreading lies? No one has said they are cutting S.S.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Liz Dadin WRONG. Ryan has been proposing it for months if not years. Trump is now looking at cutting social security & Medicare. Do some research with CREDIBLE SOURCES. The GOP & its gullible, low information, hate filled base are destroying this country

Steve DeWeil
Steve DeWeil

Constance Rutledge. On a wee bit of a tare aren't you. That liberal cool aid is affecting your thinking. SS is not on the table. Watch something other than MSNBC.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Steve DeWeil God, yet another hate filled, low information "Christian " ?? I watch, fact check, & research with multiple CREDIBLE SOURCES. Something the republican base appears incapable of. Talk about kool aid ! \U0001f602 oh that's rich !! \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f921\U0001f921

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

They've been trying to "privatize" SSI into Block grants for over twenty years- GWB.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

Medicaid does not need expanding. Insurance Drs and big pharma need to be brought to justice. End Obama care. Pay for yourself.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

Insurance used to be a job incentive. It's not a right or privilege.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

And my husband and I both have jobs. Thanks for assuming. Why don't you get a job that has coverage? See...not so easy. And how dare you say Medicaid doesn't need expansion. You obviously know nothing about how insurance works.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

More of us would have coverage if our employers weren't so greedy, and had compassion for their employees.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

No, she would have qualified for Medicaid. Which is not part of the exchange. I didn't make enough to qualify for the exchange at first either. It's because Georgia didn't expand Medicaid is why your daughter and thousands of others were still uninsured in this state.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

And employer insurance is not part of the exchange either (your other one that works at a hospital).

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

I know more people than I can count on my fingers that just lay up and keep having babies and won't work

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Georgia didn't expand Medicaid because they were acting like typical GOP babies. If you lost your insurance through your employer, it's your employer's greediness. Not a cause of the ACA.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

No. It was because of forced changes with out laws put in placed to protect us. Medicaid doesn't need expanding!! Get a job!!!

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Your employer was unwilling to provide you insurance, not the ACA. Stop with the blame.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

I'm not covered now and at this point don't care. No one is going to do what is right. To many takers

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

You don't know my story and I don't care to explain. Yes. It made. Me lose my coverage because he did not protect us!

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

How do you not understand that he didn't put laws in placed to protect us?? And if you both have jobs, why do you need Medicaid

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

Our plan was through employer, we weren't married so they forced me to be dropped after 4 years of covering me!

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Katherine Erwin Bailey Didn't lose it, the premiums were so high and the deductable was so high, you could never use it. It only covered those who were not paying for theirs. My Daughter works for a hospital and hers was outlandish.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

My other Daughter was told she didn't make enough money to qualify for Obama Care. She was working. Had she not been working she would have qualified. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

You don't understand insurance and I do not have time to teach you. I hope you stay well so you don't end up bankrupt over medical bills that you cannot afford. Good luck to you.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

You don't understand my situation and you're not listening clearly people are tired of being responsible for everybody else

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

People are broken. That's why they drink. It's all they have. Much of the time it's to self medicate a mental illness that they haven't the access to healthcare to diagnose/treat so their physician becomes Dr. High Life.

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Why shouldn't we as a society be responsible to each other? Are you a Christian? What does your Bible say on this matter? America doesn't make anything anymore because it is more profitable for CEOs and shareholders to make those things overseas using cheap labor enforced by thug governments with little incentive to regulate environmental degradation. Problem is we cannot all be CEOs and Shareholders. Folks born into abject poverty with underfunded schools and little opportunity will NEVER be CEOs and Shareholders despite rags to riches myths and the delusion of meritocracy. Most companies will hire more employees part-time in order to not have to pay healthcare costs because it's much cheaper to pay another employee $7.25 an hour at minimum wage. Meanwhile the CEO of RiteAid and the CEO of the pharmaceutical companies walk home with millions upon millions. You want to change this situation? Starts with socialism. Starts with workers owning the fruits of their labor. Enough of this slave wage economy.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn

The problem with being responsible for one another is there are to many takers