Governor Nathan Deal is steadfast against implementing Obamacare, but we will have to see how this all pans out by the acts go live date.
Whether or not the Governor helps to push the idea of nullifying the law with the simple act of non-compliance, is yet to be seen.
Below are two views he has released on the subject; one an excerpt from an article he had written on Politico and the other, a response from his office to a query on the subject from a concerned Georgian.
An the article ObamaCare Is a Giant Step in the Wrong Direction posted at Politico on 6/26/12, Gov. Deal directs his message to President Obama just as he his coming to visit Georgia:
The fact of the matter is that Obamacare is not only a federal power grab but also an unfunded mandate that will cost the taxpayers of Georgia an additional $4.83 billion over the next 10 years. It takes decision-making away from consumers, away from doctors, and away from the state of Georgia and concentrates it in the hands of unelected federal bureaucrats. That’s just not the way our federal system is supposed to work. It’s not the American way. The American way puts power in the hands of individuals not of government.
The letter was received by a fellow Oath Keeper from Governor Deal’s office, in response to his letter which had sent with his concerns:
STATE OF GEORGIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Dear Mr. xxxxxxx:
Thank you for contacting me about federal healthcare reform. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue of critical importance to our state and our nation.
I do not support the new healthcare reform law. The federal law prescribes a dramatic expansion of our state Medicaid program at a time when our state is struggling to cover our current population. Our state budget cannot afford the kind of mandated spending required by the federal act. Our initial estimates suggest a 45% increase in enrollment of our Medicaid population, adding more than 650,000 additional participants, and costing an extra $2.5 billion over the next ten years. Ultimately, this will further strain our Medicaid budget, thereby decreasing the quality of care, and severely limiting patient access to providers. Given the enormous burden the new health care law places on the states, I co-signed a letter with governors from across the country highlighting the challenges of these requirements and the enormous strain they will put on our budgets.
After a federal court found the legislation unconstitutional, I joined 28 other governors in urging President Obama to direct the U.S. Department of Justice to expedite the appeals process to the U.S. Supreme Court. With billions of dollars at stake for Georgia alone, I believe it is critically important that states get a definite ruling as quickly as possible on the constitutionality of the law. The central issue in question is the requirement that every individual, as a condition of lawful citizenship of the United States, is required to purchase a health insurance plan that meets certain federal requirements. This is the first time in history that the federal government has required individuals, as a condition of lawful existence, to purchase a specific type of product. I believe this is a clear violation of the Constitution and remain confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will reach the same conclusion upon completion of their review.
Health care reform is a serious matter with which many Georgia families are rightfully concerned. I support the need to reform our state health care system and my administration is committed to lowering health care costs while ensuring that hard working families have access to our world-class medical care. I will continue to call upon President Obama and the Congress to ensure our state is provided with the flexibility that is essential to manage our healthcare delivery system for all Georgians in the most efficient and effective manner.
The health of our citizens and health care system is important to me, and I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know. Thank you again for contacting me.