Gov. Deal chooses party loyalty over Ga. citizenry

Gov. Nathan Deal faced a choice. He could choose to be loyal to his party’s political ideology, or he could choose to be loyal to some 650,000 of his fellow Georgians in need of health insurance.

He has chosen loyalty to party, declining to let Georgia participate in the expansion of Medicaid coverage offered through Obamacare. The result will be unnecessary illness, unnecessary pain and yes, unnecessary death. That may sound harsh, but it is also stark reality: When you deny health -care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people, as Deal has decided to do, those outcomes are inevitable.

There will be other consequences as well. The decision blocks an influx of billions and billions of federal health -care dollars — an estimated $14.5 billion between 2014 and 2019 alone — that would provoke significant job growth. Georgia taxpayers will be paying to fund that expanded coverage in other states, most of which will take it eagerly, but their governor has decided that they’ll get none of the benefits.

Turning that money away will also raise the risk of closure by rural hospitals, which are already struggling under the financial burden of providing so much care to the uninsured. (Last year, Georgia hospitals lost an estimated $1.5 billion caring for people without insurance, and rural residents are more likely to be uninsured than their urban and suburban counterparts.)

Medicaid expansion would have been a lifesaver to those hospitals and to the doctors who practice there, but that lifesaver has now been yanked away. That will have significant economic-development implications for Georgia beyond the immediate loss of federal dollars. The availability of modern health -care facilities is a prime consideration for any business or industry looking to relocate. As rural hospitals close and doctors leave, employers will leave as well, taking with them the last hope of prosperity for many small communities.

In announcing his decision at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Deal cited the potential cost to Georgia taxpayers, which his administration estimates at $4.5 billion over a 10-year period. However, independent cost estimates put the state’s share of expansion much lower. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates it at $714 million for the first five years of the program, or roughly 0.17 percent of state GDP. The Urban Institute puts it at $716 million for the first six years.

However, as Tim Sweeney of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute points out, even the governor’s figure of $4.5 billion “would represent only a 1.9 percent increase in total state spending.”

In assessing the costs, you also have to look at two other things: How great is the need for expanded health coverage in Georgia, and how much does the state already spend? Are we already spending as much if not more than other states?

Hardly. Georgia is 47th in state health spending per capita. It is 49th in the amount it spends per Medicaid patient. Twenty percent of our citizens are uninsured, the fifth-highest uninsured rate in the nation, and we stand at 39th in life expectancy. Yet according to the governor, we can’t afford to address any of those issues, even if it means a stronger state economy and better health care and longer lives for hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

We can, however, afford hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new Falcons stadium, not to mention billions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses. Priorities, you know.

– Jay Bookman

656 comments Add your comment

Mr. Snarky

August 31st, 2012
9:08 am

Running the state into the ground…what a surprise!

King of Everything

August 31st, 2012
9:11 am

But that’s what the people who voted for him wants to see, that he would feed them to the wolves rather than make Obama look good. Damn if you do, damn if you don’t.

#1 Foxy Lady

August 31st, 2012
9:14 am

Enter your comments here

King of Everything

August 31st, 2012
9:16 am

After Obama wins re-election and many of the Obama care benefits kicks in, Deal may not be able to snake his way out of this and get re-elected. But then again he was one of the top 10 most corrupt congressman, so we will see.

#1 Foxy Lady

August 31st, 2012
9:17 am

….and rural residents are more likely to be uninsured than their urban and suburban counterparts.
To all of you all you rural redneck Republicans, SUCK IT!, suckers.

Robert Lee

August 31st, 2012
9:23 am

Well, you all voted for him so enjoy what you’re getting and say thank you. Dang I can’t wait to move back to Florida with all the crazy people.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 31st, 2012
9:23 am

I actually think that Deal wants to make another run at Congress after the smoke clears from his last tenure, so of course he’s going to play the ideological game and screw Georgia. The only state he’s looking after is the State of Deal…

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
9:24 am

Republicans elected the fool. Now they have to live with the consequences. Will the party base step up to the plate and show how charitable they are and take care of these people. No. Sure, a few people will get a little care but no effort by churches across the state will come close to matching the billions in funds from the fed. So, the poor and destitute and ill will be ignored and if anyone asks about them, I’m sure the Real Deal will be quick to tell us how he made sure they were all given equal opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, like any true follower of the teachings of Christ would do.

larry

August 31st, 2012
9:24 am

Why is this a suprise. He’s going to choose whomever butters’ his bread. And that would be the RGA. The Republican Governors Association has been against the ACA since the start. And since the RGA helped Deal by pouring millions of dollars into the election in 2010, he is going to decide the way they want him to decide.

But we can give over $1Billion in tax incentives in the hope they will bring jobs.

Recon 0311 2533

August 31st, 2012
9:25 am

I thought the SCOTUS ruling that states could opt in or out of expanded Medicaid meant if a state chose the latter the federal government would then foot the bill for exchange coverage for those who wouldn’t be covered by state Medicaid?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 31st, 2012
9:26 am

Republicans just don’t support the little people. Case closed.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Robert lee,
you just may have a point there. I’m retiring march of next year and I’m already trying to figure where I want to live. My mother and father are buried here, my sister lives here and so does most of my family, but I fear they will have to leave and I don’t want to live here alone. Florida, while it has its strange Governor, it’s better than here seems like.

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Jay, you want stark reality: we’re broke.

bez

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

People who voted for him didn’t understand what they were going to get from him. They should have.

Proud to be me

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Governor Deal chose common sense in this matter!

Steve Shamrock

August 31st, 2012
9:29 am

Clint Eastwood is the man!!!

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 31st, 2012
9:30 am

When you think about it, what’s happening in Georgia is, in a nutshell, what will happen to the country if the GOP gains power. Georgia is our wake up call folks. Reveille, Reveille…all hands on deck…

Ennis

August 31st, 2012
9:31 am

Taking care of this state’s citizens was never a priority of Deal even before he was elected Gov of this state. What did the people that elected him expect??? His record was touted out, and the tobacco chewing, beer drinking, red-necks elected him anyway. Records don’t count in this state. If you don’t believe it, go look and see who just got elected to Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. You get what you vote for…

gm

August 31st, 2012
9:33 am

Come on Bookman, is there a surprise here? this is another hypocrite southern Gov, whats amazing are the poor trailers that leave down in rural georgia who have no health insurance but chose to stand with a bunch of rich white males who never had there interest.

Now when the next tragic happens in Georgia deal will go calling on Mayor Reed to use his influence in DC to get funding for these hillbillies in Georgia, Reed please dont do it, let this state suffer””””’

saywhat?

August 31st, 2012
9:33 am

I work in healthcare. It may be time to uproot and leave the state soon, especially when the hospital U work for has to start making drastic cuts everywhere to compensate for the loss of income.

Aquagirl

August 31st, 2012
9:34 am

DEATH PANELS!

ragnar danneskjold

August 31st, 2012
9:34 am

When a Republican wants health care, he buys it for himself, or he goes out and gets a job that offers it. When a Democrat wants health care, he whines that the taxpayers ought to give it to him.

East Lake Ira

August 31st, 2012
9:34 am

The Gov. can’t see beyond his next election so of course he panders to his base.

His loyalty is to himself and his bank account.

He’s a pig.

Alashema

August 31st, 2012
9:36 am

Gov. Deal is right to turn away “billions and billions of federal health-care dollars”. It’s easy to forget that we are federal taxpayers, too. And that’s money the government doesn’t even have – they borrow ~ 40% of every dollar just to pay the bills.

Agree with you on the new stadium though. What a complete and utter waste of money.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2012
9:40 am

“Jay, you want stark reality: we’re broke.”

But like Jay said, “We can, however, afford hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new Falcons stadium, not to mention billions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses.”

Ennis

August 31st, 2012
9:41 am

I really don’t understand why a multi-millionaire would ask a person making less than $53,000.00 to fork over money to pay for 1 of his play-toys when he could do the same with a tax deduction. (wink-wink) Ga. definately has it priorities out of square. But you are right, we need a new football stadium more than we need healthcare in this state.

larry

August 31st, 2012
9:41 am

When a Republican wants health care, he buys it for himself, or he goes out and gets a job that offers it. When a Democrat wants health care, he whines that the taxpayers ought to give it to him.

Wait a minute, i thought there were no jobs because of the President’s policies. But you are saying that there are jobs out there, complete with benefits .

In a state where the unemployment rate has been higher than the national average since July 2007. Are you saying that ?

CarlosSpicy Weiner

August 31st, 2012
9:41 am

The party that had a convention that only pulled 1.3M viewers and lost to a reality T.V. show called Honey Boo Boo that pulled 3.1M viewers. Like sarah palin’s career, the gop is dead!!!!!!

EJ Moosa

August 31st, 2012
9:41 am

“would represent only a 1.9 percent increase in total state spending.”

Only. As if there are just bags of cash sitting there waiting to be spent….

If only.

When you reference state GDP, remember that the state produces nothing.

I realize you look at it as group property. But it isn’t.

Pete

August 31st, 2012
9:44 am

How horrible! Deal is sacrificing our hospitals for party loyalty. But, you know, we voted for him, so we get what we deserve. We all know the GOP cares nothing about poor people anyway, so this should come as no surprise.

larry

August 31st, 2012
9:44 am

The party that had a convention that only pulled 1.3M viewers and lost to a reality T.V. show called Honey Boo Boo that pulled 3.1M viewers.

Maybe they should’ve had Honey Boo Boo up there talking to the chair.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 31st, 2012
9:46 am


#1 Foxy Lady

August 31st, 2012
9:17 am

….and rural residents are more likely to be uninsured than their urban and suburban counterparts.
To all of you all you rural redneck Republicans, SUCK IT!, suckers.

I thought Bookman was going to ban this woman. That settles it! You won’t see me on here the day after the election!

larry

August 31st, 2012
9:47 am

Of course, Gov. Deal has told us the lottery is running out of money after they have a had a record sales year, just to make it harder on college students.

mo money

August 31st, 2012
9:47 am

I have yet to see a solid funding mechanism for the additonal 450M that will be required after the third year to support the Medicaid expansion. The patented just raise taxes doesn cut it, I want to know what taxes will increase or new ones will be created. Who is going to be expected pay for this? Identifying the source of the revenue will go along way towards either gathering support for Deal’s decision or raising opposition.

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
9:48 am

Peadawg,

The stadium would probably be the first thing I would cut.

Sean

August 31st, 2012
9:48 am

Everyone on here is asking “why would the rural poor vote for such a guy?”

Well here is all it takes…
1) Does he believe in God?
2) Does he believe in the 2nd amendment?
3) Does he think homos are icky?
4) Is he against abortion?

If yes to all 4, then he has a blank check on everything else because that is all that is important to the folks in rural Georgia ( and for most of the rural USA )

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
9:49 am

Old Gov. Deal went to the cuphoard
to get his little doggie a bone
When he got there, the cupboard was bear
and so the doggie got none

DannyX

August 31st, 2012
9:50 am

$300 million for a new unnecessary stadium. Forget about medicare.

What would Jesus fund?

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
9:51 am

Simple Truths

the govenor can’t cut the stadium funds. They have been approved by the legislature. The legislature would have to cut them by repealing their act.

Stonethrower

August 31st, 2012
9:51 am

The poor don’t contribute to the political party and they don’t vote, thus they don’t matter. As the Shepard once said, ” the poor you will have with you always” (taken completely out of context).

Cosby

August 31st, 2012
9:53 am

Scratching the surface here….not sure of the total cost, nor is anyone, but it would eventually cost the Georgia Taxpayer..those of us who still pay taxes.plus cost alone was not the entire decision making process..but lets think about this..according to Jay’s number it will cost the State millions in FEDERAL FUNDS…sorry, that is OUR money that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT stole..so why do we not request they return some of our money and then let us, the citizens of Georgia decide how to spend it…Why succomb to more FEDERAL CONTROL over our lives…The football Stadium..well the NFL is a non-profit Corporation – that is..they do not pay taxes..yep all you hate Romney folks..The NFL does not pay taxes…so why not all you football nuts request that THEY build a new stadium…but wait..thy give back to the fans – play 60 – yep, that really works – please fans, build the stadium, turn it over to us, we will sell a name, charge high parking rates, high ticket prices, serve high priced conssessions for stale beer and raw hot dogs…you fans are real smart..

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
9:54 am

Oscar,

When did the legislature approve the funds for the new stadium? I thought the GWCC did that.

Ahem

August 31st, 2012
9:57 am

BLAH-BLAH-BLAH

Obamacare will be whacked next January.

Jeff

August 31st, 2012
9:57 am

Looking at historical evidence in which the Federal Government moves the costs of their programs from their budget to that of the states after a few years Gov. Deal made a wise decision. THe Feds are only promising a few years of payment at which they can bail and leave the state with the cost of funding the program. As said so many times already, we already have a state budget problem and adding another billion or so of costs is not going to help.

Democratic Party of Georgia

August 31st, 2012
9:58 am

Kasim Reed for Governor!

DannyX

August 31st, 2012
9:59 am

Jesus was about to heal some sick poor people when he was suddenly interrupted by one of his disciples. “Hey Jesus a bunch of us are going to Rome to catch a game at the Coliseum, want to join us?”

Jesus dropped the poor crippled man and said “Hell yes! Go lions, sic ‘em, roar, roar, roar.”

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
9:59 am

Simple Truths

It was several years ago, when Sonny was governor. Jay did a column about it a couple of months ago.
It was for 300 milllion. It passed without notice. I believe since the funds were for use in the future.
Maybe Jay will fill us in, or you could google georgia stadium funds and find it.

Pete

August 31st, 2012
10:00 am

Sean, sadly, you are right. Many rural folks, and others as well, will vote against their best interests if a candidate just says those 4 things. It doesn;t matter how big of a hypocrite or crook he is, those 4 things over-ride everything else.

lynnie gal

August 31st, 2012
10:01 am

When residents of Georgia see other people being able to afford healthcare and not losing their homes, savings and other possessions because they can’t pay their healthcare bills while they can’t afford healthcare coverage and know if they get sick they’re out on the street, maybe they’ll wake up and run these rich, corrupt Republican men out of the state. It’s possible! Georgia used to be considered a sure thing for Republicans–the electoral map showed Georgia solid red. Not so today. Georgia is now showing pink–likely Republican but not guaranteed.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
10:02 am

Jm

August 31st, 2012
10:04 am

“when someone does not do the job, we got to let them go”

Fire Obama.

Deal had to choose the only rational long term fiscal course.

If they will do block grants, no problem.

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
10:04 am

Oscar,

You are correct. I found this in the AJC. They extended the hotel tax. I think the GWCC still has to actually spend the funds. I believe Kyle has blogged about the opportunity cost of the stadium, how this tax money can’t be used for other things (spent elsewhere, debt reduction, other tax reductions).

On April 14, 2010, the GOP-controlled House – with near unanimous support from the minority party — gave final, overwhelming approval to HB 903, a bill to permit the extension of the existing hotel/motel tax in Fulton County until the year 2050.

A Republican-controlled Senate had bestowed its similar, oversized blessing one day earlier. A Republican governor, Sonny Perdue, signed HB 903 into law.

Ennis

August 31st, 2012
10:05 am

Would someone please explain this to me in more down to earth terms?? I thought that obama care was supposed to make it so that everyone bought health insurance. My health-care cost are high because of the un-insured. With all paying, my cost should go down, correct?? why then, did I get a letter from my insurance guy saying my premium will go up 12.35% next year??

bob

August 31st, 2012
10:06 am

DannyX, why do you keep bringing up Jesus, we are not a christian nation, Obama said so.

Jm

August 31st, 2012
10:08 am

“Georgia taxpayers will be paying to fund that expanded coverage in other states, most of which will take it eagerly, but their governor has decided that they’ll get none of the benefits.”

Jay has finally discovered the tragedy of the commons.

Race to the bottom of the barrel. The war against big government has begun.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
10:10 am

Ennis

August 31st, 2012
10:05 am

________

The Supreme Court ruled that the mandate that everyone buy health insurance was unconstitutional.
I believe the court also ruled the congress could not force the states to accept the medicare part of it – the cogress could not vote in a requirment that the states spend state money, and gave the sates the choice not to participate. Georgia has chonse not to participate because of lack of funds.

Jm

August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

“The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates it at $714 million for the first five years of the program”

We can no longer afford short term thinking.

godless heathen

August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Dang I can’t wait to move back to Florida with all the crazy people.

There is some construction down around Cordele, but other than that I-75 is still wide open.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

“When a Republican wants health care, he buys it for himself, or he goes out and gets a job that offers it….”
***********

Republicans live in a fantasy world where one day you wake up and decide to get a job. So you just go to the job store and pick the most appealing option from the shelf full of available jobs. The vast majority of unemployed adults (of all political beliefs) would prefer to be employed over taking a handout. Corporate profits are back to or near pre-recession levels and many companies are sitting on all time high piles of cash while doling out large bonuses to the Cs & Vs but refuse to add staff. All the while cutting back on 401K matching and increasing employee contribution to healthcare plans.

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 31st, 2012
10:13 am

Georgia has chonse not to participate because of lack of funds.

And it will only cost them more in the long run.

Shortsighted and Sad.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:15 am

12.35% premium increase. Damn. You lucky dawg.

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 31st, 2012
10:15 am

…. – for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

- Jesus

Modern day ” Christians ” dont even know what Christianity was all about.

Chris Sanchez

August 31st, 2012
10:16 am

Jay,

Rolling out data from biased, liberal sources does not bolster your case on this. Bottom line: federal dollars come with strings attached. The last thing ANYONE in Georgia needs is more federal government in their lives.

Loretta Paraguassu

August 31st, 2012
10:17 am

There is also this very interesting thing about diseases that are untreated. They spread. Perhaps some wayward infection could reach Gov. Deal’s family and friends. Perhaps even Gov. Deal. There are even such things as epidemics. Never mind the facts and figures. We have such a cold-hearted, short-sighted governor it is not surprising that we end up on the bottom of the barrel for all the things that should be improved.

Frederick Douglass

August 31st, 2012
10:17 am

Redneck Convert @ 9:46

I have a sneaky suspicion that we won’t see a lot of the GOP faithful on these pages after Nov.6th.

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 31st, 2012
10:18 am

If they will do block grants, no problem.

Yeah cause then the nuts around here can spend it on all sorts of crazy sh8t

LOL

Brosephus™

August 31st, 2012
10:19 am

Jay, you want stark reality: we’re broke.

Imagine how much less we’d be broke had Newell Rubbermaid, Kia, Catepillar, et. al. had to actually bring something to the table for the state of Georgia instead of us having to pay them for jobs? Hell, if that’s the GOP plan for increasing jobs in Georgia, then we’re gonna go broke trying to pay for jobs before we even think about healthcare.

I said Deal was a bad option for Georgia, and he’s doing his damnest to prove me right.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:19 am

I have a sneaky suspicion that we won’t see a lot of the GOP faithful on these pages after Nov.6th.

They’ll be here. Whining about how terrible their lives are under __________.

Ewrin's cat

August 31st, 2012
10:19 am

Modern day ” Christians ” dont even know what Christianity was all about.

said the non-Christian

Road Scholar

August 31st, 2012
10:19 am

Deal also has nixed any healthcare exchanges where policy details from different PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES concerning their different coverages in their policies and the rates charged. Isn’t that encouraging the free market?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 31st, 2012
10:19 am

The last thing ANYONE in Georgia needs is more federal government in their lives

I think that was the same chant the GOP made when they sent that delegation to Washington to get more money for deepening the Savannah port. :roll:

An observer

August 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Medicaid has serious problems already and we do not need to add to them. Governor Deal made the best decision for Georgia. Saying tat people will get treatment under Medicaid and then Medicaid not paying hospitals and doctors for that treatment is not a solution.
Health insurance is not such a wonderful thing. It costs way too much money for the benefit provided. It is hard to believe we should pay 10% of our income for health insurance ripoffs. Who has that kind of money to waste. Better that we save it for a rainy day when our car breaks, or we are out of a job.

Jm

August 31st, 2012
10:20 am

All that said, the poor need a good healthcare program

Just not Medicaid

The state should work up an alternative

Bibb County Reader

August 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Gov. Deal refused the “carrot on the stick” that is obamacare. In a couple of years the federal funds dry up and the state pays for obamacare. Then the same people who complained here about him doing this would be the loudest complaining about their higher taxes.

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 31st, 2012
10:20 am

The last thing ANYONE in Georgia needs is more federal government in their lives.

Actually maybe a little more.

And a LOT less Religion and more education.

If you look up the states with the highest percentage of college graduates they all vote blue.

If you look up the states with the lowest percentage of college graduates they all vote red.

Coincidence

Hardly.

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Redneck Convert @ 9:46,

Of course you won’t be on the blog after Nov 7. You’ll be too busy delivering champagne to one side and the hard stuff to the other side.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Loretta Paraguassu

___________

That’s the GOP world view, esposed this week on national television. If people can’t afford it, they have to do without.
Small government, low taxes. Every person for himself.

rwcole

August 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Ennis, If you’re like me, you got that same letter last year. And the year before that and the year before that. Until we have real health care reform, I’m guessing I’ll get the same letter next year. But I’m not blaming the uninsured. I blame the dude making 9 figure bonuses for sending me that effing letter.

Stonethrower

August 31st, 2012
10:22 am

Didn’t Romney say the poor have a safety net? What’s the problem then?

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:23 am

The state should work up an alternative

What do you suggest. County health clinics. Nurses and doctors setting up to give back right after the Sunday sermon… what.

Ewrin's cat

August 31st, 2012
10:23 am

BRO
Imagine how much less we’d be broke had Newell Rubbermaid, Kia, Catepillar, et. al. had to actually bring something to the table for the state of Georgia instead of us having to pay them for jobs?

Imagine all those jobs going to SC had they not…those companies employ a lot of tax payers…just sayin’…If those jobs had gone to SC it would have been called a failure of the Administration…pick your poison

King of Everything

August 31st, 2012
10:24 am

If Mittster wins in Nov, he would not repeal the ACA because it still is the Heritage Foundation’s ideas and it’s his only good achievement in MA. He will take credit for it the same way he did with the auto bailout, and the conservative lemmings will just follow him cheering!

Brosephus™

August 31st, 2012
10:26 am

Danny X @ 9:59

Not even necessary. At all.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:26 am

Didn’t Romney say the poor have a safety net? What’s the problem then?

That is part of the problem according to the Republican gospel. They have a safety net and that net costs the wealthiest tax dollars that they cannot afford..

gadem

August 31st, 2012
10:27 am

I take solace in the fact that I DID NOT VOTE FOR DEAL. I am however disturbed that Republicans only love fetuses, but they hate the sick, the poor, babies, and old people.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
10:28 am

King of Everything
_+_________

Horrors: You are saying he is lying to us. Gazooks.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
10:28 am

larry

August 31st, 2012
9:44 am
The party that had a convention that only pulled 1.3M viewers and lost to a reality T.V. show called Honey Boo Boo that pulled 3.1M viewers.

Maybe they should’ve had Honey Boo Boo up there talking to the chair.

.
.
.

That turns out not to be true….it did not include ALL the
stations that carried the coverage.

They did have more viewers than Honey Boo Boo.

Thanks heavens for even the small things….

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:28 am

Imagine all those jobs going to SC had they not…those companies employ a lot of tax payers…just sayin’…If those jobs had gone to SC it would have been called a failure of the Administration…pick your poison

And what’s the breakeven in years for Georgia taxpayers before the cost of bringing those jobs to Georgia is paid for?

larry

August 31st, 2012
10:29 am

Loretta Paraguassu

August 31st, 2012
10:17 am

That’s pretty sad. Wishing ill on someone’s family and friends or wishing ill on someone. I will disagree with what the Governor is doing. And i have my opinion on if he is corrupt or not. But i will not wish a disease on him nor his family.

Having two chronic diseases myself , they are not fun and i would not wish them on anyone.

Joseph

August 31st, 2012
10:29 am

Got a question for ya Jay. How in the world did these hospitals make it before Obamacare came along?

Mighty Righty

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

As usual, the liberal press in it’s disparate attempt to reverse the march of sanity coming to this years election, misleads, distorts and factually misrepresents anything Republican. Many states have opted out of medicaid because of real and threatened cuts to meidicaid by the Obama administration and the very real possiblility of all of the costs of the program being shifted to the tax payers of each state. Governor Deal is representing each of us by not going along with this non sense. Forbes magazine said: “states have a significant fiscal incentive to drop out of Obamacare’s expansion of the Medicaid program. States fear, among other things, that the federal government will shift more of the program’s costs to the states over time, leaving states with an unsustainable spending commitment. It turns out that this fear isn’t merely theoretical. During the “supercommittee” deficit-reduction talks last year, President Obama proposed reducing federal funding for the Medicaid expansion by $100 billion over ten years, with states picking up the difference. No wonder governors from both parties are thinking twice about the program.”

“It’s not free,” says Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.). “You’re still paying it…they’re only going to cover [all of the Medicaid expansion] in the first three years. Then Florida taxpayers are going to be on the hook…Eventually we’ll be on the hook for 50, 45 percent of it”

godless heathen

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

I have a sneaky suspicion that we won’t see a lot of the GOP faithful on these pages after Nov.6th.

And why not? If the O-man gets re-elected, there will be plenty to complain about.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

I take solace in the fact that I DID NOT VOTE FOR DEAL. I am however disturbed that Republicans only love fetuses, but they hate the sick, the poor, babies, and old people.

Same here.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

Stonethrower

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The safety net has a lot of holes in it. And rips and tears and some of the posts that support it are rotten to the core. Needs work.

Joseph

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

The dem party is not only the party of handouts but the party of fear…. No way are your stats right Jay…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

Is “Honey Boo Boo” another name for Snowbillie Snooki Palin? :lol:

Brosephus™

August 31st, 2012
10:31 am

If those jobs had gone to SC it would have been called a failure of the Administration…pick your poison

If it were my decision, I would make it illegal for states to give tax breaks to companies like they currently do. Those large companies already enjoy tax breaks that the mom & pop operators can only dream of. Call me crazy or whatever, but if supply sided tax cuts are supposed to be stimulative, they shouldn’t be tossed like Mardi Gras beads to get jobs.

I think it’s sad that any state or city has to pay a company just to get them to locate somewhere. When you give a bully an inch, he’ll take a foot. When you give him that foot, he’ll take a yard. By the time he takes that yard, you are completely owned. Thanks to politicians, citizens have given up a thousand yards.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
10:32 am

Got a question for ya Jay. How in the world did these hospitals make it before Obamacare came along?

They pass on the cost to paying customers until they run out of paying customers to pass on the cost to.

larry

August 31st, 2012
10:32 am

Granny, did you know the chair had its own Twitter account.

I’m expecting its own facebook page any hour now.

Joseph

August 31st, 2012
10:32 am

That’s caring and Presidential for Governor Romney to take a break from campaigning to check on the flood victims. Wherre’s Oblama playin golf today?