State of Georgia Archives: on Health Care


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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2012 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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