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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!

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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