Georgia Republican Brags About Sabotaging Obamacare as Governor Gets Paid by Health Care Industry

hudgens2It comes as no surprise to liberals when we hear about efforts by conservatives to do whatever they can to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), but it’s rare when we see one of them admit to doing so.

Sure, it’s obvious with the lies they perpetuate, the myths they spread and their seemingly endless campaigns of misinformation that they will do whatever they can to impede the progress of the law.

Well, Georgia Republican Ralph Hudgens, who serves as Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner, openly admitted that his state was doing all it could to “obstruct Obamacare.

“The problem is Obamacare.  We’ve got to now determine what we can do to solve that problem.  Let me tell you what we are doing; everything in our power to be an obstructionist.  You.. probably have heard about the exchanges.  Well exchanges are coming to Georgia, but the state is not setting them up.  The federal government is going to set them up.  But we have passed a law and with the help of Senator McCoon and others, we have passed a law that says that a navigator, which is a position in that exchange, has to be licensed by our Department of Insurance.  The Obamacare law says that we cannot require them to be an insurance agent, so we said fine, we’ll just require them to be a licensed navigator. So we’re going to make up the test, and basically you take the insurance agent test, you erase the name, you write ‘navigator test’ on it.”

Basically what this gentleman is saying is that the State of Georgia is doing whatever it can to bypass laws and make the implementation of the new health care law so difficult that it fails.

He also goes on to brag about the “drastic” rise in health care premiums the people of Georgia will experience due to the Affordable Care Act.  Going as far as to say they’ve passed a law that says insurance companies must send letters with certain documents stating that it isn’t the State of Georgia that’s responsible for their possible hike in health care cost—it’s “Obamacare” that’s responsible.

So they’ve passed a law which forces insurance companies to lie.  Because reality is showing that the states which want the Affordable Care Act to work are showing much lower premiums than previously expected.

Then if you’re going to put out some propaganda flier which is meant to promote some kind of realistic professionalism, at least call the law by its real name.  But that’s the thing, most Republicans have no clue what the name of the law actually is.  If you were to call the health care law anything other than “Obamacare,” most Republicans would be absolutely clueless as to what you might be talking about.

But this admission by Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner shows the underlying issue that’s causing most of the problems with implementing the new health care law—Republican obstruction.

Except this particular case in Georgia has a twist.  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, also a Republican, has been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled through a Political Action Committee called “Real PAC” — much of it from health care industry giants like Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia, Humana, United Health Group and WellCare of Georgia.  Oh, and most of them have voiced at least some sort of opposition to “Obamacare.”

But why should Georgians expect any better from Governor Deal?  After all, he resigned from Congress to avoid an ethics investigation into (take a wild guess) — his business dealings with the state.

While Republicans have spent years trying to perpetuate these myths about the Affordable Care Act, it’s their actions to sabotage the law which are causing the main issues with seeing that it’s properly carried out.

Nothing quite like complaining about a problem which you are the primary cause of.  And in this case, we have possible collusion between the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Governor Deal and some of the biggest health insurance companies.

Because who cares about providing affordable access to health care for people who need it, right?  When there’s a buck to be made and a Democrat in the White House to obstruct, what’s best for the people of your state doesn’t matter, apparently.

Though at the end of the day, the truth will come out.  The states with legislation which want the law to work will see it perform well and the states that have legislation trying to sabotage the law will see a lot of problems and complaints.

But the funny thing is this, we already have a great example of how “Obamacare” will impact the country.  We don’t need to look any further than Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney (former GOP presidential candidate) signed the landmark health care bill into law back in 2006.  A law which is still popular with 63% of the state’s residents.

And while rhetoric and propaganda might be something conservatives often rely on, luckily for liberals all we need to turn to is reality.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Al Smith

    If you Georgians don’t react to this you deserve to get fucked.

    • Kerry Norton

      We can’t help it. Too many goat F’ing hillbillies live here. Some of us have a bit of common sense. The rest are content F’ing goats and watching Faux News. So sorry. A person is smart, people are stupid, majority rules.

  • louis

    I agree with Al Smith. time to step up gerogians and put your nazi governor in his place or out of office. I cant imagine that a republican will ever hold the position of president in the next 3 decades. Americans, the majority of us, have come to despise them and see them for what they are. A bunch of white, gerrymandering, racist, greedy pieces of shit. good luck in the next presidential election, you aint got a chance in hell.

  • gemma liar

    vote republican,,,,,,, then bitch when U have to pay more

    • cscf

      We already pay more in taxes and in everything else and are getting less and less with the GOP Control of the House! I do not get your point.

      • gemma liar

        vote republican,,,,,jesus says so !

      • JSR

        NOT!!!!!!!

      • regressive rightwing trash

        ask michelle “no tits & hating her life” malkin,,,,or ted cruz,,,,or michelle Bachmann,,,,or sarah palin,,,,or any texas idiot congressman- “JEEEESUS SAVES”

      • RayandFannie Esparza

        Jessie who

  • bailey78

    nothing like a paid shill doing what it can to make sure we the people get the short end of the stick again. But hey they are really good liers and fools will always believe the lie before the truth.

    • RayandFannie Esparza

      Lots of fools around the country

  • Karla Ibsen

    The people in the states not implementing the Affordable Healthcare Act certainly have the option to be informed voters, if they choose to be. If they choose not to, then they must accept the consequences of that decision. Unfortunately for them, they’re probably not well enough informed to even realize what they’re doing to themselves. Democracy benefits from an informed electorate. The Republican Party does not.

    • Owen Johnson

      Karla, my hope is that uninformed low-income people in places like Georgia have relatives or friends in states that are expanding Medicaid and have set up their own exchanges, like CA, WA, KY etc. The people who are getting screwed by their GOP politicians in the name of partisan politics are going to hear from people who benefit from the ACA and start questioning why their Governors and legislators refused to participate. And come campaign time, the Democrats have an easy issue to use.

      • RayandFannie Esparza

        Hope so

      • Susan Fuchs

        Don’t forget MN! I am signed up and saving big time! I was paying $4,000 ded. and $395 for a junk ins. plan I purchased from the state for people being denied. I am now paying $2,000 ded. 238$ a month I am 50. I have the gold choice plan for any doctors I want. Plus do not forget the new ACA benies. I do not get a subsidy. I purchased Preffered One. There were plans on there for young people less than around 90$. Everyone, please encourage your friends and family to look. I am so glad Obama had these junk plan ins. companies tell what they did not cover. One of the number one reasons people go into debt is health care. Many do not realize what they thought was covered is not.

    • strayaway

      Karla, By 2020, states accepting federal money for Medicaid will have to pay for 10% of it. After that, there is no guarantee that rates won’t go higher or that more changes won’t make state costs for administration increase. Meanwhile, because federal taxpayers are subsidizing setting up state exchanges (free money repayable by our children from a progressive perspective) state that have opted to set up ‘their own’ exchanges are able to sell certain policies for less. The additional federal taxes needed to pay for these subsidies, no matter who pays for them, are also medical costs. States opting to have the federal government operate exchanges will see higher initial costs because the (un)AA is designed to force compliance.

      • Susan Fuchs

        Right now we are paying for free hospital visits for those who can not afford it. Do you realize how expensive this is? It is unfunded. When people are ins. we will not have these costs Saving money. Also, the prem. need to remain to the point where 80% of their prem. dollars are used towards their health care. Keeping costs down. 25% of people including poor, elderly, vets, disabled, and children do not have ins. It is a moral responsibility to provide affordable health care to all people.

      • strayaway

        Do you have any statistics about how expensive those hospital visits are? I came across an article abut my local hospital visit yesterday that its new rates were $485 for an emergency visit. My last annual physical not including tests was over $200. So the difference in walking into my doctor’s office and the ER is about $275 or a month or less of taxpayer funded insurance. So if the individual using the ER used it 10 times a year, other factors being equal, it would be cheaper to provide that person with a health care policy. I don’t know what percentage of ER patients visit the emergency care doctor for routine cuts and flu like symptoms, do you?

        Then you would have to add on the cost of hiring navigators, thousands of IRS enforcers, website programmers, and bureaucrats to see how those costs compare or offset with ER savings.

        The 80% thing can be adjusted by hiring an accountant to figure out how best to shelter profit. What about the moral responsibility of rich Democrats to provide even cheaper medical care? Why haven’t billionaire Democrats invested in profit free medical plans? Why haven’t you become a nun if your priority is morality? Why does the Pope insist that abortion is immoral?

      • Joi Owen

        I think the $485 is just paying to sit in the ER waiting room. If they actually treat you for something, you can double that number for aspirin, and by a factor of ten if they actually admit you.

      • BackSeatJesus

        I agree Joi, I have been uninsured for 4 years and an emergency a couple of years ago that was only treated with a visit to the ER, an ultrasound of the troubled area and antibiotics was $2500. I spent a total of 4 hours in the ER, mostly just waiting.

    • Mary Ann Everett

      Karla…..implementing the ACA was not optional. Talk about uninformed……

  • openlyblack

    Like all whores, he has a price.

    • RayandFannie Esparza

      Man wants to run to be President of the USA

  • Haditinga

    The only good thing about living in Georgia right now is that I get to vote against this nutbomb next time…..being “Blue” in a” Red” state isn’t easy, but the satisfaction I will get in the voting booth helps some…

    • Jlewis229

      Totally agree and I think we Have a good chance with Carter!

  • cscf

    Gov. Scott of Florida is doing something similar. He is refusing the Federal Funding for the healthcare expansions for the State, while working with the local millionaires who already underpaying their employees to be forced to pay more for their healthcare. The Republican Party’s hatred of the American working class is so evil and grotesque. They must not have red blood.

    • ticked off

      Wisconsin has the same problem with Walker >>> We tried to recall him but the Koch Brothers with their money and influence convinced to many voters that the competition
      was the root of all evil and the B#@tard stayed in office >>>>

      • Sue Barnhart

        I just heard that Wisconsin expanded medicaid a decade ago so its not the same problem there but I agree with you regarding Walker.

      • Thomas Dove

        it’s called Badger Care but Scott Walker just made cuts to the program.

      • Sue Barnhart

        thanks Thomas

      • Susan Fuchs

        Right now 6% of all the children in WI are uninsured. <100 POOR 22% <100-199 Near Poor 13% are uninsured Yes, this state has a big problem. Many of these poor and children would have been covered under the new expansion. It is a moral responsibility. The Bush Act that requires all hospitals provide care is unfunded. It does not also provide care they need that a one time hospital visit can care for.

      • Sue Barnhart

        thats awful. I am so grateful we expanded medicaid in Illinois but its a fragile win here. I know many union people and democrats mad as hell at Gov Quinn and the democrats over the pension stuff. I’m very very very worried.

      • fafhrd

        Of course the unions support it, they are getting exemptions from the law. In a couple years, when your state has to pick up some of the expense of that medicaid expansion, how will your state pay for it?

      • Joi Owen

        What are you talking about? The only unions that are exempt from anything related to the ACA are those that already meet the ACA standards.

      • fafhrd

        Taxes on cadillac plans being exempted.
        Obviously, the unions have fought to have their employers pay for excellent health care plans. It is, possible, however, that even those excellent plans don’t cover all the items that the government insists be covered.
        So, won’t force union member into the exchanges either.

    • RayandFannie Esparza

      The GOP has been in lock step against every thing put up by the President or the Demos even though some of the ideas were the GOP’s and the GOP championed before. And half the country blames both sides of Congress and also the President. Sure are a lot of dumb people here in the U.S. of A.

  • gailillly

    Hudgens is LYING. Obamacare does work as I am living proof of it working. I would not be alive today it it wasn’t for OBAMACARE, so this guy is just trying to screw the people of Georgia and I agree with you people, that it is up to the Georgians to VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. Trust me, it works, you don’t have to change drs. and I had a lot done as I was stricken with cancer state 4, surgeries, chemo radiation, countless tests, x-rays, lab work, drs, appts and the list goes on and on and we live strictly on SS so there was no way we could have afforded it, but thanks to our PRESIDET leaving my Medicare & medicad in tact and along came OBAMACARE, I GOT MY LIFE BACK and will now get to see my 15 grandchildren grow up. TRUST ME IT WORKS I AM CANCER FREE AND I THANK PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE GOOD LORD EVERY DAY FOR GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK.

    • Ernestine

      Wonderful! God bless you, it’s working for us too my daughter has Pre-Existing condition where we could not seek a second option for her epilepsy problem outside the scope of Kaiser (unless the money comes out of our pocket) a few months ago she had a procedure done to determine the cause her doctor from kaiser already knew but we didn’t believe her we wanted another option. They did a brain study with this machine called MEG it’s like an MRI machine there are only 3 here in the USA we just got back the results she has 85% damage to her motor cortex the damage is so deep in her brain that no surgeon will touch her, so we live each day to the fullest seizures and all. Now thry are changing her medication again. One of her meds cost Kaiser $2100.00 everytime they ask me is she taking this I say Yes, Our cost $5.00

      • Steeler4Life

        Just slightly off topic, I read an article a while back of a child who was having thousands of seizures a month and the meds they were giving her was only killing her and doing more damage. Have you looked into Medical Marijuana, is it available in your state? There are variations that can be used, ones that have a very very tiny amount of THC (Charlotte’s Web, named for lil girl it was made for), so the medication works without getting the person/child high. I know many people feel strongly for or against Medical Mary Jane, but it has been shown to work in people with seizures, along with having much less on side effect as some of the other medication that one would typically take. Just an idea you might be able to look into. This could actually help with reducing the seizures and possible give you more quality time with your daughter.

  • Chomper Lomper Tawee

    As he screams out “Show me the money!”

  • ayungclas

    This is being done by people who have the taxpayers paying their health insurance premiums.

    • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

      I think part of the reason they don’t want it is, all federal employees are switched to ACA in 2016! Making them no better than you or me. And we can’t have that! Asshats!

  • Buddy Pinkham

    Same thing happening in Maine where our TeaParty Governor is refusing to allow the extra Federal Funding to come to our State. Even the legislature, democrat controlled, passed a budget that included the extra funding with bipartisan help from the republicans, UNTIL the governor vetoed the bill and those GOP that voted for it to pass in the 1st place, rolled over and voted to sustain his veto!

  • Gabriel Gentile

    I’m sure he’s sabotaging it for our own good… Right?

  • Na_na99

    Meanwhile, no one questions the money we send to Pakistan and Israel for THEIR schools and healthcare.

  • Na_na99

    All paid for by YOU

  • Na_na99

    All paid for by YOU

  • W Morrow

    Where is the truth here? Where is the clip? And…Why are the Politian’s and IRS employees fighting to not being enrolled into the Affordable Care Act? If they don’t want it… what is behind it?

    • lestye

      W…the IRS employee union staff have apparently, all along, been getting a good deal…subsidies…to help them pay for their existing government-sponsored healthcare benefits. It isn’t clear, yet that under Obamacare that they will continue to get those same subsidies, on top of the ones provided by Obamacare, and that’s what they are concerned about!

      • thomasbone63

        I am a great plan so i need not join anything else. I’m perfectly satisfyied with what i got. This dose not mean i would not choose ACA if i did not have a health plan.

    • thomasbone63

      Hey Mr. Guest, if you want to be naive about whats happening in Georgia, then thats what proves to be the problem in our political system. You and people are too damn blind to see what’s going on around you.

  • love4geneva

    George bush must have done it. The idiot mullah too busy trying to master golf. Damn u r dumb libtards!

    • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

      No one blamed this on Shrub but YOU. But then you cannot be civil anyway.

  • Skip Patterson

    It is clear that the Republican Party and the monster they created, the baggers, are the very definition of anti-Americanism. They clearly do not support the liberal principals of the enlightenment that is the foundation of America and their claiming that America was founded as a Christian nation, a theocracy, displays a stunning ignorance of their country’s history.

    And fortunately the new Pope Francis is calling them out on their profound misunderstanding of Christianity principles and concepts. Their idea of Christian principles is basically stuff that has been made up by fundamentalist of the past 150 years with no foundation in fact. .

    • RayandFannie Esparza

      Being a racist myself , I think the Tea Baggers are 99.9% Black haters

      • Skip Patterson

        That sounds about right.

    • strayaway

      Skippy, don’t forget that the Pope recently specifically cited Progressives for abortion killings and abortion is subsidized by the (un)ACA.

      “It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.” -Pope Francis 11/13

      ‘Liberal” also used to mean something more akin to libertarianism than big government. The founders got away from big autocratic government where the king could pick and choose to enforce laws he liked and even modified those laws.

      • Joi Owen

        Ahem. Try reading the ACA for yourself. Abortion coverage is not mandated and never will be by anything covered by the Helms pro-life restrictions.

      • Johntheoldguy

        “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
        ― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

      • strayaway

        Kennedy was ok. He kept us out of wars and even balanced the federal budget. And unlike today’s liberal leadership bombing various coutries, spending too much, and expanding police state functions , he supported our freedoms. Unfortunately, “caring” is a poor proxy for accomplishing.

        ” Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life.”

        – President John F. Kennedy

  • Suzanne Longo

    Georgia is a big state and get outside of the few big cities, it is rural and poor. This is another example of a Republican hating the president more than he cares about the people he governs. Is this the beginning of the “Cold Civil War?”

  • regressive rightwing trash

    VOTEvoteVOTE republican,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, its a game….so VOTE republican!!! who cares if the rightwing regressive white trash republican Baptist scumbags lie and know it??? VOTE REPUBLICAN so U can side with JEEEESUS in these atavistic scumbag southern white trash states

  • frelling_cute

    Another wing nut Republican shooting his mouth off.

  • RayandFannie Esparza

    The GOP at all levels has done everything it can to stop Obamacare. But somehow people blame the federal gov’t because it is not working like it should even when ALL new come out with a dud.. At least this guy had the guts ( or too dumb ) and admitted it

  • Les Bush

    We have had tax pater funded health care in NZ for decades. Do not understand vehement opposition to it. Health or absence of is not an excuse to make obscene profit.

  • thomasbone63

    Its time for the people to the people to get pissed off. If not now, then when. These politicians are not only obstructing government, they are obstructing the people who elect them them into office. Lets vote their asses out once and for all.

  • chris

    Isn’t this a crime of some sort? At least failure to perform his duties?

  • medcannabis1

    This conduct is simply treasonous and should be viewed as criminal conduct while in office. The Governor should be stripped from his wealth..send to a prison to wear the stripes uniform and lose his home and all his ill gotten profits from his corruption in office.

  • joefalco

    the tide will turn against them. They’ve lost every fight since before the Civil War. The South is..well, bless your heart..the South.

  • katherine norton malek

    This kind of behavior by a US Gov. should be considered a crime! And they talk about impeaching Pres. Obama .. pfft! Seriously?! This obstructionism has gone way over the top. It defies what these officials were elected to do. Elected to SERVE the ppl of the State, NOT their own personal agendas. How can this be tolerated by thinking ppl?

  • Diane Stanley

    Senator McCoon… Well, with a name like that, what can you expect?

  • Kathy Williams

    Unfortunately I live in Georgia. I was so excited with the promise of ObamaCare that finally my husband can’t be turned away for preexisting conditions and we will finally have insurance for less that $1,000 a person. I had no trouble getting into the website and answering the questions. When the estimated cost was $800 I was very unhappy.
    Then a good little fairy sent me an email telling me how to get around the Georgia obstacles. BCBS had a police for $400 but it is NOT listed in the exchange. Don’t know how that fairy knew I had been offered such a high premium but I sure am glad it did.
    I am a Democrat and sure hope people in my state wake up and vote this a$$hole out of office.

  • sapereaudeprime

    At some point we whose ancestors beat the crap out of the rebels will do that again, and this time we won’t leave any of them to reproduce.

  • Marlane Underwood

    They signed a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield which gives BCBS exclusive domain for all 900,000 state employees. We have no choice. But as I always say “No weapon formed shall prosper. What’s done in the dark will come to the light and those who operate in the dark will receive the wrath!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tamaracboy

    Where are the Federal prosecutors? With proven collusion, they could also be charged under the RICO acts. And do it NOW !

  • Reality

    What a hack job from a professional hack. Allen Clifton, maybe you should pull your head out and see the light for yourself. The affordable care act sure isn’t affordable for me. Of course I worked for everything I have instead of relying on thieves to provide for me.

  • Jim T

    Let’s face it our world is so polarized the only thing that those willfully ignorant people see in their White House is a Black Family, so they won’t ever hear an argument with evidence or proof that would make them step back for 1 second and think it over. I have never in my life seen a group that just covers its collective ears and eyes in order to avoid the truth.

  • Chuckles Hotzenpfeff

    Treason is still a crime, no? (If not, just kick his ass.) #SlapARepublicanForJesus

  • Jlewis229

    Thankfully it’s a reelection year for Gov. Deal and I sure hope his ass gets kicked to the curb! Hopefully Jason Carter (Jimmy Carter’s Grandson) will be our next Governor! With the failure of the Medicaid Expansion I’m really hoping for record votes for Carter! The ACA has truly SAVED ME! Very thankful for it!