In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Friday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal informed secretary Kathleen Sebelis Georgia’s intent regarding the Affordable Care Act.
“As you know, I remain concerned with the one-size-fits-all approach and high financial burden imposed on states by this federal mandate”
The state of Georgia will not pursue a state-based exchange, or operate it’s own reinsurance program.
Georgia will maintain separate small group insurance markets in an effort to preserve the growth of small business and maintain the small business’ that exist.
Governor Deal also commented…
“We believe that a well designed, private free-market approach to small business exchanges could be beneficial to small businesses but the regulations promulgated by your administration take those options away”
In other words, the state of Georgia respects the federal government’s “opinion” on health care, but they will attend to the business of interposing, for as long as the federal government keeps attending to the business of usurpation of power and authority.
Seems like Georgia has a “New Deal” of their own. Hats off Governor!