Deal’s Medicaid decision denies health insurance to 600,000

So far, six Republican governors have decided to buck their party and accept federal expansion of Medicaid coverage, concluding that the best interests of their state and its citizens outweigh the interests of their political party.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia has made the opposite choice, and the damage inflicted on Georgia by his decision will be considerable.

Here’s the deal:

Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, the federal government has offered to cover 100 percent of the costs of health insurance for an additional 620,000 Georgians. The deal is good for three years, from 2014 through 2016. In 2017, the federal government will still pay 95 percent of the cost, and the percentage will slide to 90 percent by 2020.

For every year thereafter, the federal government will cover 90 percent of the cost.

That would amount to an influx of $40 billion into the Georgia economy from 2014 to 2023, according to Bill Custer, a health economist at Georgia State University. That will boost the state’s economic output by an average of $8.2 billion a year. That in turn will create more than 70,000 new jobs in a state with the nation’s ninth-highest unemployment rate, Hudson estimates. That in turn will generate an additional $267 million a year in state and local taxes.

Many of those newly created jobs will be in the well-paying medical industry, which is particularly important in a state where the median household income had been dropping even before the recession hit. According to Custer’s analysis, 46,000 of those jobs will be created outside metro Atlanta, in areas where the health-care industry is barely hanging on because so many local residents do not have health insurance.

With the influx of federal money, rural hospitals that will otherwise be forced to close their doors would remain open. Those facilities will remain important economic generators for their communities, and they will also help to attract outside industry. Employers have little interest in locating in communities with no nearby hospital.

In addition, it should help lower health-insurance costs in general, because the rest of us won’t be paying for health care for the uninsured through our health-care premiums.

Most important, there’s the impact on those 620,000 Georgians. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, some 22 percent of Georgians are without health insurance, the seventh highest rate in the nation. Ideology won’t cover their medical bills. Partisan politics won’t pay their surgeon or anesthesiologist.

Deal explains his refusal in a couple of ways. His administration estimates that it will cost the state some $4.5 billion to participate in the program from 2014 to 2023. That’s more than twice as much as other estimates, but let’s accept it as valid. Using Deal’s numbers, Georgia is turning down an offer to match each state dollar with 10 dollars in federal funding. That 10-1 match is far more generous than other federal programs that Georgia scrambles to tap. Turning it down means that billions of tax dollars will be flowing out of Georgia to support health care in other states; none of it will be flowing back in.

You can also think of it purely in investment terms: Every year, Georgia gives away hundreds of millions of dollars through economic development efforts that have far more risk and considerably less return than this program.

According to Deal, he also fears that the federal government doesn’t have the resources to sustain the expanded program. But it’s curious how that logic isn’t applied to, say, the deepening of Savannah Harbor, where Deal and others are pleading for hundreds of millions of dollars from that very same federal government. Or to the billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Perhaps we should also discourage the location of the Army’s new CyberCommand to Fort Gordon near Augusta, where it iswould likely bring thousands of jobs.

ObamaCare isn’t going away. The Republicans have fought it all the way up to the Supreme Court, and they lost. They made its repeal a central part of their 2012 campaign, and they lost the presidential race, they lost Senate seats and they lost House seats. At some point, it’s time to accept reality.

– Jay Bookman

338 comments Add your comment

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

February 20th, 2013
11:06 am

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

February 20th, 2013
11:07 am

Dang, we made the ALTA playoffs and first on Jay’s blog…….an excellent week!

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 20th, 2013
11:08 am

A gazillion free Federal Dollars, no strings attached, and we say no thanks.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 20th, 2013
11:11 am

Maybe the guv reads this blog and all the lib caterwauling about how this Red State receives more Fed $ than it pays in, and he’s attempting to right the wrong.

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

February 20th, 2013
11:13 am

More brilliant leadership from Mr Deal.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 20th, 2013
11:14 am

At some point, it’s time to accept reality.

Current evidence suggests otherwise.

getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:16 am

No deal, he will stay the course.

Georgia on my mind...

February 20th, 2013
11:16 am

Jay, the sad part about this is Nathan Deal “could” be re-elected. The people in the rural communities will continue to suffer under Deal! You get what you vote for….Georgia, Republican rule for 11 plus years and still struggling to get out of the hole….

BILL

February 20th, 2013
11:16 am

Just keep it up Bubba Governor. Your decision will help lift GA to a purple state within 4 years or so, and maybe a blue state within 8-10 years.

Brosephus™

February 20th, 2013
11:18 am

“Reality is subjective. ”
–”Doubting” Thomas Jefferson

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 20th, 2013
11:18 am

“an influx of $40 billion into the Georgia economy”

..and 600,000 Georgians covered that NEED it.
Its gonna hurt real people really bad.

just to ‘get’ the brown guy in the WH, that owns them
Such is the blind hate that this breed of con exhibits.
Make them pay.
Voter, do your job dammit.
Make them extinct.
Bootakook 2014

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 20th, 2013
11:19 am

Governor Deal doesn’t care if the money’s free…he knows deep in his heart that Georgians don’t need healthcare…especially the Socialistic kind…

Simple Truths

February 20th, 2013
11:19 am

Where is this magical federal money tree that will supply all these billions?

TaxPayer

February 20th, 2013
11:22 am

Further proof that Republicans need to refine their message because that charitable giving and compassionate conservatism aspect of their party just isn’t coming through (even though it rhymes with ringing true) for some reason.

Common Sense isn't very Common

February 20th, 2013
11:22 am

Deal hasn’t found a way to make a profit otherwise he would have signed up.

BMDPD

February 20th, 2013
11:22 am

Too funny! That magical money tree. Evidently, Jay’s crew believes it exists!

Aquagirl

February 20th, 2013
11:23 am

DEATH PANELS!

barking frog

February 20th, 2013
11:23 am

Must not be enough available funds for Deal to confiscate.

Paul

February 20th, 2013
11:24 am

We’re facing the same thing in Texas with Gov Perry. Guess who’s leading the fight against him regarding Medicare expansion? Doctors and hospital associations.

getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:24 am

Meanwhile, pot tourism is coming to Colorado.

I like change.

Brosephus™

February 20th, 2013
11:25 am

Where is this magical federal money tree that will supply all these billions?

For states opting in, Georgia is where that magic tree is located. Turning down the funding means that Georgia taxpayers will be funding care in other states that they can’t get in their own with their own tax dollars.

HDB

February 20th, 2013
11:25 am

Just a thought….for all of the states that turn down Medicare expansion, that allows the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to set up the exchanges….one step CLOSER to a SINGLE-PAYER, universal health care system……..

barking frog

February 20th, 2013
11:25 am

Simple truths
Where is this magical federal money tree that will supply all these billions?
………………………………………………….
Washington D. C.

jconservative

February 20th, 2013
11:25 am

If people get sick they can simply go to the emergency room and get free treatment. That way the people that already have health care insurance can pay for it. This system has been working well since Reagan signed the law in 1986. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Li'l Aynie

February 20th, 2013
11:25 am

Republican ideology trumps economic and social benefit, again!

The Republican agenda is controlled entirely by hatred of President Obama, not by the good of the nation or even their party. Whatever Obama favors, Republicans oppose. Whatever Obama does, Republicans “investigate”. Whatever Obama accomplishes, Republicans disparage.

Obama sets the agenda and calls the shots. Where would the Republican Party be without Obama? Rudderless, stuck in the 19th century with a comical “ideology”, an unhinged leadership, and a quarrelsome following.

Republicans, pray for Obama’s health and longevity! You’re nothing without him.

TaxPayer

February 20th, 2013
11:28 am

Give Nathan and the Cons (is that a band whose lyrics you would want to party to) a little time to figure out how to implement the equivalent of a bed tax to cover the cost and reward the appropriate party first. Then and only then can you have your family valued.

The Thin Guy

February 20th, 2013
11:29 am

Obvious solution for the affected 600k bums: Move. Californie is the place you ought to be. Movie stars and Governor Moonbeam. Send us a card when you get there.

комиссар (Occupation)

February 20th, 2013
11:30 am

“Ideology won’t cover their medical bills. Partisan politics won’t pay their surgeon or anesthesiologist”

You say that as though “ideology” and “partisan politics” are not serious things that sometimes call for doing seemingly counter-intuitive things. Deal is being a good partisan soldier, after a fashion, just as John McCain felt he was doing in retaliating against Chuck Hagel for having flouted those same principles in openly voicing his contempt for certain representatives and positions of his party.

The evil is not in the partisanship per se, but in the interests that these parties represent. If the parties were advancing boldly emancipatory and pro-worker agendas — an anti-slavery platform for ex — I would want their members to be just as ruthless and loyal to the cause. So the fact that politicians in our current day continue acting out of narrow party loyalty is an acceptable index of the “homage that vice pays to virtue”, a measure of the fact that comradeship and ruthless loyalty to a cause remain political virtues, even if the decadence of politics in our day means that their parties do not advance any cause other than the class interests of the 1% and Wall St. finance.

Granny Godzilla

February 20th, 2013
11:30 am

Nathan Deal is a dingbat.

Stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.

The hoping the dimes trickle down.

Recon 0311 2533

February 20th, 2013
11:32 am

Based on the SCOTUS ruling states would have an option of participating with the Federal government in setting up and managing the exchanges associated with ACA or opting out. The original mandatory provision in the ACA was removed by the Supremes, which was the threat of withholding medicaid money to those states that refused to participate. Deal and other Republican governors understand that the Fed promise is extremely dubious because it’s not the federal government who will provide the 95% reduced down to 90% it’s the American taxpayer. Given our economic condition, how can the nation afford another entitlement. Bottom line what it means for those states like Georgia who opt out the Federal government will be responsible for setting up the exchanges and managing them. Denying people access to insurance by opting out is totally false.

getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:33 am

Corporations will move to States that work on their infrastructure and provide ObamaCare.

In the end, red States will fall way behind.

Jay

February 20th, 2013
11:34 am

And Paul, Texas has by far the highest rate of uninsured in the country.

F. Sinkwich

February 20th, 2013
11:35 am

Deal is turning down free stuff !!

I’m guessing he didn’t vote for O’bozo.

Dumb and Dumber

February 20th, 2013
11:35 am

An inconvenient fact. The federal goverment would have to borrow the $40 bilion noted (undoubtedly it will go much higher as all government programs do), meaning either more debt or $40 billion more in taxes Georgians will have to pay to the federal government (you don’t expect some poor shmuck in WY to pay for GA, do you)? As our federal government has done absolutely nothing to tackle the deficit ($1 trillion + per year and counting), it is folly to think this is some gift from the federal government that). I realize liberals are generally pigs at the trough and think money just comes from nowhere (a printing press, I guess), but we just don’t have the money to extend ADDITIONAL health care (already provided at hospital ER by law) to more people. It’s called gravity…

RCH

February 20th, 2013
11:37 am

Jay misrepresents again, How unique!

TaxPayer

February 20th, 2013
11:37 am

Grover will have his way in the end but the result will not be quite what he’d hoped for. He’ll end up with a Republican Party small enough to drown in his own bath tub and he’ll do it. Good riddance.

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
11:38 am

Maybe we need to stop electing veterinarians and elect accountants who have an understanding of cost/benefit analysis

Jay

February 20th, 2013
11:38 am

“An inconvenient fact. The federal goverment would have to borrow the $40 bilion noted.”

No, it would not. Tax increases, fees and spending reductions already built into the ACA make the program revenue neutral, according to the CBO.

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
11:38 am

“Jay misrepresents again, How unique”

Got proof?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 20th, 2013
11:40 am

getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:40 am

Man, our cons are depressed.

They should be jumping for joy on this issue.

JamVet

February 20th, 2013
11:41 am

Your decision will help lift GA to a purple state within 4 years or so, and maybe a blue state within 8-10 years.

As much as that would be a great thing for us, I disagree.

The Klan mentality, though watered down, is still MUCH too strong here…

Maybe in another generation or two the segregationists will figure out a way to garner more than 2% black membership…

TaxPayer

February 20th, 2013
11:41 am

At least the rest of ACA survives and eventually we will see fewer uninsured people and thus more people sharing the cost of caring for the uninsured. The better way would have been to take the Fed deal but Republicans don’t do math or science so how could they know. It’s not their fault that they are the stupid party. :lol:

Recon 0311 2533

February 20th, 2013
11:43 am

The CBO only took financial projections from the administration. Now that we’re seeing the unraveling of the Obamacare projections and understanding the unintended consequences of the bill “revenue neutral” is turning out to be pure bunk.

Uh Huh.......How many CONS does it take to make 600,000?

February 20th, 2013
11:45 am

Either you DEAL with what is the reality,

or

you can be sure that the reality is going to DEAL with you.

Simple Truths

February 20th, 2013
11:45 am

Jay @ 11:38 “No, it would not. Tax increases, fees and spending reductions already built into the ACA make the program revenue neutral, according to the CBO.”

Best laugh I’ve had all week! You actually believe this?

appleseed

February 20th, 2013
11:46 am

Surely there is some way to skim some of that Fed.money.

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
11:47 am

“Best laugh I’ve had all week! You actually believe this?”

And what is your evidence that it’s not?

Jay

February 20th, 2013
11:49 am

Simple, as Nancy Pelosi almost, kind of said, we’ll only know for sure once it’s fully implemented. But unlike, say, President Bush and Medicare Part D, the Democrats did make a real effort to make sure the program was financed.

Ronald Reagan

February 20th, 2013
11:49 am

Governors unlike Senators have it’s citizens to think about & it’s departments to manage. They actually have budgets to adhere to! Being an educated & experienced businessman, Governor Deal will do whats best for this great Conservative( we only vote once in an election) state. He is a credit to this great state & we are glad to have him!

JamVet

February 20th, 2013
11:51 am

…for the affected 600k bums: Move.

Make you wonder what the thin guy has against all of those poverty stricken, white Republican voters in White, Lumpkin, Gilmer, Fannin and Towns Counties, huh?

Peadawg

February 20th, 2013
11:51 am

Interesting read next door on how wonderful Obamacare is. So much for “if you like your plan, you can keep it”.

http://blogs.ajc.com/kyle-wingfield/2013/02/20/obamacare-fallout-part-time-employees-losing-their-health-insurance/?cxntfid=blogs_kyle_wingfield

Dave

February 20th, 2013
11:51 am

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

February 20th, 2013
11:52 am

Where is this magical federal money tree that will supply all these billions?

Northern blue states.

They have been subsidizing the South for generations.

Logical Dude

February 20th, 2013
11:53 am

“[accepting Obamacare] should help lower health-insurance costs in general, because the rest of us won’t be paying for health care for the uninsured through our health-care premiums.”

I doubt it.
Mostly because health insurance companies are extremely unwilling to part with incoming revenue streams.

The rest of your column is spot on, though. Deal’s ideology on this one is confusing.

getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:53 am

I hope ObamaCare fails and deal is helping to make that happen.

We should have CanadaCare by now and slow to change on this issue.

GT

February 20th, 2013
11:55 am

The hardest thing Deal has to do in his office is think, so much easier to avoid all that and just make money.

This is how the state will turn back to a two party system. Deal is wrong and will try to right it, but it will be too late. I think there is an opening in this senate race for a Democrat, this even widens the opening. If the Democratic Party spends the money now to educate the public on the hardship of being wrong all the time has on this state, something like health care that the public can feel no matter how loud the other side lies, the DP can win.

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
11:55 am

“Mostly because health insurance companies are extremely unwilling to part with incoming revenue streams. ”

It’s not the income stream that Jay was referring to. It’s the higher cost of emergency care because of the uninsured using it as a primary care access point. We all pay for that through higher premiums, because the hospitals charge more to insured patients to help pay for the uninsured.

TGT

February 20th, 2013
11:56 am

The whole crux of Jay’s argument: With the influx of federal money…

I love how liberals utter such phrases as if “federal money” was produced from fairy farts of which there is an endless supply. Or maybe they just think that it’s from “Obama’s stash.”

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 20th, 2013
11:56 am

Bro – Georgia taxpayers will be funding care in other states that they
can’t get in their own (assbackward state) with their own tax dollars.

yes yes yes
Do these Ga cons reeeally realize how stupid they are?
(he wondered rhetorically)

Will this be covered in the baby-jaysus-rode-the-dinosaur-fer-profit-
and-freedum-scam-skool curriculum?

Buzzy

February 20th, 2013
11:57 am

Shady Deal has screwed our state out of this money and the stimulus that would go with it, not to mention that it would go to provide care for sick people.

I saw some polling the the upcoming Senate race. I was surprised to learn that Max Cleland would carry Georgia over the court Republican field if he decided to run. So I think the Republicans are even beginning to soil their nest in Ga. Of course, the Republicans are in full denial about everything.

Mr. Snarky

February 20th, 2013
11:58 am

I have a feeling Deal’s tune will change once he wins re-election.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 20th, 2013
11:58 am

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m willing to see other people go without healthcare if I can just keep Those People and the Mexicans from getting it. Deal done made the best deal for us rednecks.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 20th, 2013
11:59 am

I love how liberals utter such phrases as if “federal money” was produced from fairy farts of which there is an endless supply.

Pallets of hundred dollar bills missing in Iraq say, “What?”

Brosephus™

February 20th, 2013
12:02 pm

Either way that Deal chooses, Georgians will foot the bill for healthcare for the poor. If not by Medicaid, we’re going to pay for the emergency room bill out of our own insurance premiums.

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
12:02 pm

“I have a feeling Deal’s tune will change once he wins re-election”

Won’t do much good, though, if he’s missed the window of opportunity to say yes

Doggone/GA

February 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

“Either way that Deal chooses, Georgians will foot the bill for healthcare for the poor. If not by Medicaid, we’re going to pay for the emergency room bill out of our own insurance premiums”

Yep, that’s the part that whooshes right on by. We’ll be paying either way. The question is: how much?

curious

February 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

When those 600,000 leave for California, who’s going to be behind the counter at Wal-Mart and fast food shops ?

DannyX

February 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

Sinkwich- “Deal is turning down free stuff !!”

Hardly. Deal campaigned against accepting federal “strings attached” “big government” Race to the Top education funds. Guess what was one of the first things he did as governor? Yep, he grabbed the half billion dollars.

Redcoat

February 20th, 2013
12:04 pm

A real and honest cost evaluation anywhere being used to make decisions?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 20th, 2013
12:05 pm

Yet another obama lie…..

The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.

We will be greeted as liberators.

curious

February 20th, 2013
12:05 pm

Brosephus™
‘Either way that Deal chooses, Georgians will foot the bill for healthcare for the poor. If not by Medicaid, we’re going to pay for the emergency room bill out of our own insurance premiums.”

Don’t confuse the Conservatives, here. They haven’t figured out that part, yet.

GT

February 20th, 2013
12:06 pm

The problem doesn’t go away but ignoring it. If we are letting people die in the streets report it, if not we are paying for their care at the price dictated by desperation, as they stumble into emergency rooms. That has got to cost many times more.

Common Sense isn't very Common

February 20th, 2013
12:06 pm

ER care is not long term help for things like BP or diabetes.
These require monitoring and care.
How can anyone return to being productive without care?

That’s why Medicaid is important to the population.

Geesh

JamVet

February 20th, 2013
12:07 pm

Poor, poor, poor christian conservative.

The guy is like a blogging STD!

Jefferson

February 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

Use it or lose it, taxes are not going down.

Stevie Ray

February 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

President Obama said in 2009 that “we can’t simply put more people into a broken system that doesn’t work.”

A legitimate issue since Medicaid reform is not included in the process.
Seems this reform should come first otherwise, in addition to us getting taxed to cover cost over runs (Jay, don’t move to quickly on projections of any savings in care cost..). Also it is likely that the average family currently insured will face up to a 15K increase in premium expense just so insurers can offset big losses incurred by insuring folks at a depressed rate when pre-existing conditions suggest $100’s of thousands of dollars medical services are needed.

Jay, if you really believe the cherry picked statistics that continue to change to the negative, so be it. IMO it will prove to be a poor set of assumptions to make what will inevitably be a financial disaster we can’t afford.

I think getting in bed with insurers and large providers who gave billions so they can collect teh 25% of revenues that are currently uncollectible reeks…also also the haphazard way this particular bill was rammed thru is a complete dog.

Single payer is best option for success…this will also cost taxpayers billions more than any suggested cost savings..it won’t happen..

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 20th, 2013
12:10 pm

how many different computers does that shelter have, anyway?

mm

February 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

Hopefully, these con govs will pay the price during the next elections.

larry

February 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

Just wondering……’

When did Governor Deal last poll over 40%?

If he wants re-election, he better wise up. Maybe he can get his pawn shop buddy in California to vote for him, you know the one, he’s making a killing on the interest of that self-financed loan he gave to him to buy his son-in-laws bankrupt sporting goods store. The same son-in-law he gave a state job to. He doesnt have to worry about health insurance and his family. That is all that counts.

Stevie Ray

February 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

Sometimes things are what they appear on the surface. Our government getting in bed with arch enemies insurers and large providers in an of itself, suggests a problematic outcome.

DannyX

February 20th, 2013
12:13 pm

“Being an educated & experienced businessman, Governor Deal will do whats best for this great Conservative( we only vote once in an election) state.”

Was that a joke, Ronald Reagan?

Deal made used a no bid GOVERNMENT contract to make his money. He was being investigated for ethics violations before he left the US House. Then after he became governor he declared BANKRUPTCY!

Very funny, Ronald, very funny joke.

Redcoat

February 20th, 2013
12:13 pm

Harvesting from federal magic money tree………soon the crop of money will be seen as funny…..but we will not be laughing……Obama said it doesn’t matter now anyway……wonder what he really meant?

Brosephus™

February 20th, 2013
12:15 pm

Doggone

It’s the simple things that give them the most trouble.

Uh Huh.......How many CONS does it take to make 600,000?

February 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

@getalife

February 20th, 2013
11:40 am
Man, our cons are depressed.

They should be jumping for joy on this issue.
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Deals Medicaid decision denies health insurance for CONS too.

Percentage of U. S. Population:

Non Elderly Medicaid Recipients by Race 2008-2010

43% White

28% Hispanic

22% Black

7% Other

How many CONS does it take to make 600,000?

Stevie Ray

February 20th, 2013
12:19 pm

Isn’t it funny how the most conservative governors are yielding to federal control as opposed to being subcontractors for the feds…

Jay, what do you suppose the significant number of states are defaulting to the FEDS?

Jay

February 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

Danny X, I do not believe the governor declared bankruptcy.

Stevie Ray

February 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

It seems another good reason for a wait-and-see attitude is that currently, the feds are best equipped now to run..

“In some ways, the federal government has a head start on the states. It already operates the Medicare Plan Finder for health insurance and prescription plans that serve seniors, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Both have many of the features of the new insurance markets.

Administration officials are keeping mum about what the new federal exchange will look like, except that it will open on time and people in all 50 states will have the coverage they’re entitled to by law.”

RB from Gwinnett

February 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

AJC Headline… “1 airlifted, 5 others injured in accident involving MARTA bus”

I wonder how many of the injured were actually on the bus when the accident happened?

Lynnie Gal

February 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

Republicans like Deal must get a kick out of punching the poor and unemployed in the stomach in Georgia–otherwise, why keep doing it? They probably laugh about it at their Good O’l Boy cocktail parties. Current Republicans hate the poor, hate the unemployed, hate education, hate,hate, hate, hate. The party of Stupidity and Hate–that’s the current Republican party.

Logical Dude

February 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

“Bulgaria government resigns”

Can they do that?
“you PEOPLE!!! You are so hard to govern! I quit! I mean, All of us quit!”
http://news.yahoo.com/bulgaria-government-resigns-national-protests-073220738.html

(from the article) “Bulgaria’s government resigned on Wednesday after mass protests against high power prices and falling living standards, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity during four years of debt crisis.”

So, go ahead US, let’s see what Austerity will get YOU.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 20th, 2013
12:25 pm

Millions for a new stadium, but NOT one single penny for health! — Thomas “New Deal” Jefferson

Matti

February 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

Gov. Shady only works for his own benefit, and should have been relegated to the private sector years ago, not elected to lead our State government. Dummies were impressed by his campaign ads: “Ah’m a huuuusbind. And a faahhhther.” Yeah, but he doesn’t give one single gosh darn about YOUR wife, kids, or grandkids. This guy has managed to erase nearly $4mil in personal debt, in less than one term, on $135K/year. What has he done for YOU? Nothing. And that’s what he’ll keep on doing for you if you vote for him again next year. His own financial cup will be runneth-ing over by then.

Uh Huh.......How many CONS does it take to make 600,000?

February 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

@RB from Gwinnett

February 20th, 2013
12:23 pm
AJC Headline… “1 airlifted, 5 others injured in accident involving MARTA bus”

I wonder how many of the injured were actually on the bus when the accident happened?
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Are you saying what you would do?

As a man thinketh………SO IS HE.

Uh Huh

Erwin's cat

February 20th, 2013
12:29 pm

Republicans don’t do math or science so how could they know. It’s not their fault that they are the stupid party.

I don’t believe in astrology…I am a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical by nature

indigo

February 20th, 2013
12:30 pm

So, the Governor decides to ignore the people and, instead, help Big Insurance keep the premiums high.

No surprise there.

And, it will be no surprise, when re-election time rolls around, many of the people hurt by this will be the same ones to re-elect him to office.

Why would they do this, you ask? Because they just don’t want to vote for that Socialist, Marxist anti-American Democratic Party.

Why would they believe that, you ask? Because Rush, The NRA and their political idols have told them so.

bman.

February 20th, 2013
12:30 pm

I’ll go with Mister Bookman on this one. I don’t how anyone can like the Deal-man

Jefferson

February 20th, 2013
12:30 pm

Self titled “Stupid party” at that…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 20th, 2013
12:31 pm

If a fairy farts in the woods, is that trickle down? How many tax cuts for the job creators/mega rich = 1 fairy fart?

Erwin's cat

February 20th, 2013
12:32 pm

Can they do that?

Belgium hasn’t had a gov’t for years….they can’t agree on anything except how to brew beer, make chocolate, and mussels should always be served with fries.