On Georgia and health insurance exchanges

A Friday piece in Bloomberg details what it dubs “Georgia’s Dangerous War Against Obamacare,” highlighting recent efforts on the part of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens at obstructing the law’s implementation, to the fullest legal sense allowable.

The first-term officeholder has garnered a considerable amount of coverage in recent weeks, brandishing his opposition to the unpopular law and its ramifications far and wide.

Yet the item in the Bloomberg article that garnered the apparent adoration of Georgia Democrats was a charge against the state’s current governor, Nathan Deal, so far removed from reality it’s near laughable:

“What’s funny is that Georgia’s governor was for state-based health-insurance exchanges before he was against them. In the summer of 2011, when Deal started an exploratory committee to investigate how Georgia could set up its own exchange, he declared that it was his ‘hope’ that the committee would find a way for the state to do so.”

Further allegations attempt tying a supposed “change of heart” with an influx of donations to Real PAC, a super PAC backing the governor’s 2014 re-election bid.

Georgia Democrats were quick to pounce via Twitter:

Clearly lost in the shuffle of meek political gamesmanship was an actual reading of the press release from Deal’s office, a bit of which is excerpted below:

“I want Georgia to have time to thoroughly study this issue as we wait for the judicial process to play out,” said Deal. “I want to engage Georgians about how we can expand access to health care insurance while lowering the burdensome costs on our state’s families. Georgians don’t want more federal ‘solutions’ and the best way to fight back right now is to manufacture a Georgia solution.

“It is my hope that this committee will construct the appropriate avenues for our state to implement our own exchange, based on delivering free market solutions for increasing the access and affordability of health insurance. This exchange should also focus heavily on improving the economic viability of creating and expanding small business in Georgia. I look forward to hearing the committee’s recommendations.”

The introductory paragraph further makes it even clearer what the committee’s purpose was, determining “if Georgia should establish a state-based healthcare exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPCA).”

A sampling of committee members also includes Hudgens, Tea Party activists, as well as Democrats; the formers most certainly were no more supporters before they were against than Deal himself.

Exploring whether or not something should be done whilst pining for a positive outcome doesn’t equate to backing it, nor is it ground for credible political attack when the decision doesn’t fit one’s ideological agenda.

Most circles would call doing the research before making the decision good government. Then again, most circles aren’t as lost in the political wilderness as Georgia Democrats.