Georgia's Governor cites unknown costs, lack of flexibility in federal regulations.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal last week 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 …
By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that the Affordable Care Act, and the individual mandate as a tax, are constitutional.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial provision to require individuals to purchase health insurance. By a 5-4 vote issued Thursday morning the court ruled that the entire health care law is constitutional. The justices also decided that the individual mandate -- the subject of legal claims by 26 states, including Georgia -- was constitutional if imposed as a tax. Congress passed the ACA in 2010 with the provision that individuals not buying insurance would pay a fine. It was the focal point of President Obama's effort to expand health coverage to Americans without it, or those who are underinsured. But the mandate also has been the bone of contention for political conservatives …