State of Georgia Archives: on Health Care


David Perdue: Responsible thing to do: fix ObamaCare; don't repeal it

A spokesman for Perdue's campaign said that there was no conflict in Perdue's previous support for the idea of a federal health care law and his current opposition to ObamaCare. "David supports the full repeal of ObamaCare," the spokesman said. "However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level. For example, Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price has a great patient-centered alternative to replace ObamaCare."

Rep. Jack Kingston drew criticism from conservatives after he said Republicans should improve, rather than repeal, the Affordable Care Act: "A lot of conservatives say, 'Nah, let's just step back and let this thing fall to pieces on its own.' But I don't think that's always the responsible thing to do," Kingston said. "I think we need to be looking for things that improve health care overall for all of us. And if there is something in ObamaCare, we need to know about it." Kingston later said his comments had been misinterpreted

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Karen Handel: ObamaCare overreaches, but feds should address healthcare

A candidate who has called for a "full repeal" of the Affordable Care Act--characterizing it as an "overreaching federal program"--once argued in favor of a federal health care solution. David Perdue spoke of the need for a federal solution to the nation's high uninsured rate in 2006 at a meeting of the Retail Industry Leaders Association: "It's a tragedy that so many people are uninsured," Perdue said, adding that he did not want the issue left to the states: "It needs to be addressed at the federal level."

A spokesman for Perdue's campaign said that there was no conflict in Perdue's previous support for the idea of a federal health care law and his current opposition to ObamaCare. "David supports the full repeal of ObamaCare," the spokesman said. "However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level. For example, Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price has a great patient-centered alternative to replace ObamaCare."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Karen Handel: ObamaCare canceled my wife's policy & doubled premiums

Perdue has been critical of the health care law throughout his Senate bid. The candidate's website calls it "an overreaching federal program that will actually reduce the quality of health care and increase costs."

In January, Perdue wrote in a blog post that he and his wife's health insurance was canceled and their insurance premium doubled because of the Affordable Care Act.

"We did not have a 'substandard' plan with a second rate company," Perdue wrote. "We had done our research and picked a plan that met our needs. However, our federal government, in its infinite wisdom, decided that we grandparents needed maternity coverage among other things."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Add a tier of affordable coverage to ObamaCare

Q. How hard is it to run on ObamaCare?

A: I am running as someone who ran an organization and understands the responsibilities and the difficulties of providing health care for employees. I also believe that we need to fix what's broken and there are clearly some things that have not worked well in the Affordable Care Act rollout. Some ideas include adding a tier of coverage for more affordability for families, ensuring that we extend the tax credit for small businesses. Here in Georgia--because we did not accept Medicaid expansion--a number of our rural hospitals are now having cuts that are really problematic. So I am running as someone who wants to fix the things that are broken in the health care system and build upon the things that are good, including ensuring that people who have preexisting conditions have access to health care, that kids up to age 26 have the opportunity to be covered by their parents.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

Nathan Deal: Guaranteed ER room treatment means excessive ER visits

Gov. Nathan Deal has often called on Congress to reconsider the Affordable Care Act. But on Monday evening, he pushed his former Washington colleagues to revisit a separate health care law that fewer politicians openly critique. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act is a 1986 law that requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay. It's provided life-saving care to countless people, but it's also strained hospital resources and turned emergency rooms into the first stop, instead of a last resort, for some.

"If they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of health care in this country, they would revisit another federal statute," Deal told the crowd. "It came as a result of bad facts, and bad facts make bad law. I think we should be able to figure out ways to deal with those situations but not have the excessive costs associated with unnecessary visits to the emergency room."

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution: 2014 Georgia governor's race Feb 25, 2014

Nathan Deal: Refuses to expand Medicaid rolls under ObamaCare

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986, which requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay, is an important topic for Deal, given that many hospitals in rural Georgia are caught in the financial pinch caused by the governor's refusal to expand Medicaid rolls, and the Affordable Care Act's reduction of federal cash for indigent care.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution: 2014 Georgia governor's race Feb 25, 2014

Karen Handel: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare

Nearly every Republican candidate running for Senate in 2014 backs the GOP's push to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare--a sign of how popular they believe the plan is with conservative primary voters. Those supporting the GOP strategy include North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the GOP frontrunner to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who said he supported the GOP's brinkmanship because ObamaCare is a "mortal threat to our economy."

Others to embrace the plan include former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R), former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who is the likely Republican nominee to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's (R-Mich.) seat, and Alaska Tea Party candidate Joe Miller (R).

GOP operatives say there's little downside for candidates to embrace the "defund" movement--especially those who are facing primary opponents. For Senate candidates who aren't already in Congress, especially, there's little political danger.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Sep 22, 2013

Nathan Deal: ObamaCare will cost Georgia $2.5B over next ten years

The overreaching federal health care legislation will greatly add to the burden that we face. In fact, it will add approximately 650,000 Georgians to the Medicaid rolls. This mandated expansion of service will cost Georgia Medicaid an additional $2.5 billion in State funds alone over the next ten years. The Obama Administration has placed onerous Maintenance of Effort requirements as well, which have severely tied our hands with respect to managing our state Medicaid program.
Source: 2011 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Sonny Perdue: $70M for moral obligation to serve those with disabilities

We have developed a plan that will stabilize hospital staffing and improve care in our institutions. Yes, it will cost more money, but I am confident the additional investment will result in better outcomes for patients.

I want to be clear, my interes is not driven purely by legal mandates, but from my own personal belief that we have a moral obligation to serve those with disabilities. We are our brothers' keepers.

That obligation should carry a tangible effort. It's a hard thing to do in these budget times... the budgets that I will release on Friday will include additional investment--$20 million in 2010 and over $50 million in 2011.

Together, we are making concerted efforts to do the right thing for this vulnerable population. I ask for your continued support as well as that of our consumers, providers, advocates, families and communities to help us develop a system of care of which we can be proud.

Source: Georgia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Jim Martin: All children must have access to health care

There are lots of different approaches to universal health care in this country and the next Congress is going to have to deal with that problem. I believe that all children must have access to health care. At the federal level, we need to negotiate with drug companies about the price of drugs we provide to senior citizens under Medicare. That has been specifically prohibited by the United States Congress and itís cost taxpayers over 10 billion dollars every year.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Jim Martin: Part of team that created the PeachCare Act

VERNON JONES: Jim Martin and I were part of the team that created the PeachCare Act. We provided children with health insurance. We provided pre-dental care to children who were afraid to smile because their teeth were in disarray. I have a record of helping young children getting health care.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Part of team that created the PeachCare Act

Jim Martin and I were part of the team that created the PeachCare Act. We provided children with health insurance. We provided pre-dental care to children who were afraid to smile because their teeth were in disarray. I have a record of helping young children getting health care.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Put quality of life over profit margins

There are 1.7 million men, women and children in Georgia who are without healthcare. Affordable and accessible healthcare must be provided to all citizens. And, we need to hold accountable insurance companies who systematically deny coverage when it comes to certain medical procedures. Quality of life should be more important than their profit margins.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, vernonjonesforgeorgia.com May 2, 2008

Zell Miller: Providing insurance for children is a top priority

In the area of human resources, the most important program is the Childrenís Health Insurance Program. It will leverage federal matching funds, and could provide health coverage for as many as 228,000 Georgia children. CHIP will expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and children from birth to age five, up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $32,100 a year for a family of four.
Source: Budget Address, Georgia Jan 13, 1998

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