Nathan Deal: ‘Cost and control’ behind his refusal to set up Georgia insurance exchange

Gov. Nathan Deal was on Fox News this morning, explaining why Georgia and 16 other states (so far) will not set up the health care insurance exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act:

The federal government will set up the operations in Georgia and those other states. Said Deal:

“Historically, the regulation of insurance has been a state function. That’s why we have state insurance commissioners. We don’t have a federal insurance commissioner. We will have one, of course – maybe not in name, but in practicality.

It is not politics. It is the cost and the question of state control of an issue that’s so important to the citizens of our state.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

Toes The Line

November 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

No, of course its never about politics. That’s why Jim Galloway doesn’t have much to do, right?

Cherokee

November 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

It’s not politics?

Nonsense.

At least man up, Guv, and admit that you’re giving up local control, ceding it to the feds, just so you can keep the tea party crowd in line for your next election.

Don Coyote

November 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Georgia already fought and lost a war that was supposedly just about “states’ rights”. That didn’t work out too well. A politician saying something doesn’t have anything to do with politics is not intelligent enough to realize he is insulting my intelligence.

Matt

November 29th, 2012
4:02 pm

How does this make any sense at all? It’s traditionally a state issue, so… we’re going to abandon that tradition and refuse to set up an exchange, and turn over that state control to the feds?

Kris

November 29th, 2012
4:16 pm

God for bid SHADY help the citizens of GA….HA ..Lets get real The Shady DEAL probably could not figure out how to line his pockets, so he passed it to the Federal Government. I’m sure the FED’s will do a better job of running it.

Nate…2014 will be soon…I will vot against you.

The Truth

November 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

Yeah, like I should REALLY believe what Nathan ‘Shady’ Deal and Fox News have to say…

Do Wa Diddy

November 29th, 2012
4:46 pm

Have fric and frac came by today?

I mean td and cc “Whinens”…………………….. The dynamic duo of duplicity

How Many Times Do Cons Have To Lose To Become a Loser

November 29th, 2012
4:51 pm

I don’t trust a man that sounds like he stepped out of the movie,

“GONE WITH THE WIND.”

That southern drawl makes my skin CRAWL.

He sounds like a tabaccy-chewin’, confederacy-lovin’ southerner.

Sandra

November 29th, 2012
5:50 pm

Does Deal really expect us to believe it’s NOT about politics? I guess he figures all of us are stupid.

Bob

November 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

This Gov. has just not demonstrated he is above ole ga cracker politics…no someone that sets a vision for a better Georgia…he is much like the former Gov.

Rabbit

November 29th, 2012
11:00 pm

On fox news? Pretty much says it all.

Nathan 'Hawthorne' Dealmaker

November 30th, 2012
3:07 am

This corrupt fraud, Nathan Deal, should go back in the closet and scourge himself some more…like a Nathaniel Hawthorne character. Always defaulting to lies rather than leadership gets old for us crackers that want real leadership in the statehouse. Maybe he’ll figure out most Americans, certainly the working ones and the literate ones, support health care by a wide margin. It’s another GOP loser position they’re behind on.

Of course if the greatest recent accomplishments of the Deal administration are online lottery tickets and learning how to track eighth grade enrolled students through to a passed- or dropped-out graduation result–and having to admit we don’t pass 80% in Georgia, but 65%, from high schools, well…I guess this ‘not politics’ “states rights” nonsense is a typical jumbled presser from Governor “Self Deal[er]“.

BTW, why did we suddenly learn how bad our graduation rate really is, Governor? Politics? A new crisis? Look for sweeping privatization–and a stepped-up lucrative ‘private schools to private prisons’ portfolio. After all, Deal is the guy that wanted prisoners to take over the work of farm workers after he tried to clone Arizona’s immigration hate laws. And we know that Jan Brewer’s law—Deal’s model–is all about filling up the private prisons holding the immigrants for deportation. We have the biggest private owned holding prison here in Georgia (Stewart County) and it rivals any gulag or banana republic torture prison. The corporate owners pay money to the Nathan Deal family and campaign, though….

joke on us

November 30th, 2012
6:48 am

when the feds set up these exchanges I’m looking for the gov and the state reps to drop all state employee insurance and tell state workers they are own their own and go to get it off the exchange

yuzeyurbrane

November 30th, 2012
6:58 pm

What bs! Deal thoroughly reviewed it and could not figure out a way to get some personal cash out of it. As far as the goobers that run our State Insurance Dept., I have my doubts they could handle anything so complex anyway. . . after all it involves computers, websites and other new-fangled things. We are probably better off having the Feds set it up and run it.