Georgia Unlikely to Run Health Insurance Exchange: Gov. Deal

By Bill Barrow | November 9, 2012

  • November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am
    Gork says:
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    Spoiler alert – they’ll be complaining about federal control of the exchange soon, after declining the opportunity to run it at state level…

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm
      Former Status Quo says:
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      Amazed that the governor took this approach when the head republican in the house said it should be done at the state level.

  • November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
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    I wish there was more information to learn about this whole Obamacare. If the gov’t is going to subsidize invididuals who buy from the exchange based on their income, will they also be helping subsidize low wage earners who have to pay up to half of their own coverage and 100% of their family’s coverage if they get it from their employer?
    I wrote to Pelosi for an answer, but she is only up to page 236 of the obamacare manual.

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm
      Former Status Quo says:
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      The answer is no, if the law is in excess of 9.5% of the employee’s salary, the government fines the employer $3000. So on top of providing the coverage, they also have the fine.

      If I were an employer, why would I pay the majority of the cost plus $3000. I might as well provide nothing and pay the $2000 for not offering coverage to full time employees.

      More and more it looks like they are pushing for a single provider system funded by employers, but controlled by the government.

      • November 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm
        libra says:
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        Do we effectively mandate that health care be divorced from employment? No employer groups at all. Everyone into the individual pool! Or will employers continue to see value in offering benefits to employees, as a moral act but also as a competitive advantage and way to retain quality workers (and keep them healthy). The solution may just be to shift more and more of the group cost to the employee, and that model would put the employer group cost to worker more in line with individual cost and competition would increase that way.

  • November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    GETREAL says:
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    Could be that Deal want the Federal Government to spend it’s money to set up the GA Exchange, instead of the state’s money. It will cost millions for any single state to set these up. I’d be surprised if Deal wasn’t a closet Obama supporter as getting the Feds to pay for everything possible appealed to so many Obama voters.

  • November 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    ForsythCoDem says:
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    Wow, so much for “less federal gov’t.” Nate Deal doesn’t want Georgia to set up its own exchange so we’re going to have the federal gov’t waste its limited revenue to do it for us. And conservatives complain about the federal debt.

    • November 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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      Nate Deal is doing what Obanites like, letting the government pay & supply as much as they can take. Deal is saving the state of Georgia millions at the cost of the Feds.

      Obamas victory showed that the majority are now suckered into the reliance on government to foot the bill. Deal is just plugging into those same voters electrial socket. At the end of the day, after all the Fed money is spent for the state, who says the state can’t then take over the expensively constructed exchange, & make (the lesser expensive state)changes. Aren’t we all being taught to get what we believe is rightfully ours from the Feds? Whoohoo, whats in this administrations next 4-years that’s for me! Mine, mine, mine…

  • November 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    FFA says:
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    Has any one seen pricing? Plan Design?

    If so, please do tell – post a llink. Something, anything as questions have been coming in in regards to that.

    I was just informed that another small local restaurant closed its doord. Employed 8-12 people that are now on the unemployment line.

    • November 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm
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    • November 14, 2012 at 9:08 am
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      FFA – I don’t like to hear that because I love the Ma and Pa shops. But, truth is, those smaller shops have been closing their doors for decades. They find it hard to compete with the bigger chains and the profit line on food is so slim. Some of them hang on for awhile but in the end, it’s Big Corporations we have to fault for slamming these doors. A Texas Roadhouse shows up and all of a sudden, you have a local steakhouse having to raise prices in order to keep up with the customers they are losing to T.R.’s. People don’t want to pay those prices and sooner than later, local restaurant closed. It sucks and I hate to see it. It’s been going on too long and I’ve lost some good places to eat because of it. Not to mention, places to shop in general.

      • November 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm
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        If something new popped up, would have been a lateral move for the unemployment line. Nothing new forced them out. Main St in this town is getting emty and our mayor is pushing for more construction. Our Mall is 80% empty when it was 95% occupied 10 years ago. The biggest hit to occupancy came after OBAma took office. Took a bigger hit when Quinn got in.

        So, in this case, your theroy is off the mark. Its a result of the ever increasing unemployment rate in my local market due to many forces particullary the tax rates we small business people have to pay.

  • November 14, 2012 at 9:31 am
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
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    Mom & Pop need to reinvent themselves to stay in business. True, they can’t compete on price with the big store’s buying power, but they can surely compete on better service and not being mediocre. Texas Roadhouse sells a low grade steak experience at a fair price. Mom & Pop just need to open the market above a Roadhouse and do it less costly than a Morton’s or Ruth Chris. They can succeed, they just need to find themselves a market.

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:47 am
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      I hear you, Cheetoh. It seems most of them would rather close shop than reinvent. I also hear you on the Texas Roadhouse experience. Not a fan, personally. I’d rather go to the local meat market, select my cut, and grill it myself. I can have a couple more beers that way and not have to worry about driving home, too!

      Hey – Cheetoh – you and I agreed on something today!



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