What can you say, except congratulations? Gov. Nathan Deal, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Attorney General Sam Olens and the Georgia Legislature have approached the implementation of ObamaCare with one overriding goal: Deny access to health-care coverage to as many uninsured Georgians as possible.
In fact, it was a year ago this month that Hudgens made it explicit: “Let me tell you what we’re doing (about ObamaCare),” he bragged to a crowd of fellow Republicans: “Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.”
Their effort has been wildly successful. In fact, if our leaders had been half as successful at, say, improving education, growing the economy or solving transportation as they have been at denying health coverage to their own citizens, Georgia would be in high cotton instead of in long-term decline relative to the rest of the country.
This week, we got a peek at the true scale of their success with the release of state-by-state data compiled by Gallup. The numbers tell us that a year ago, before implementation of ObamaCare, Georgia had the nation’s 7th highest rate of citizens without health insurance. Today, we have the 3rd highest rate of uninsured. Well done, gentlemen.
Former Georgia state representative Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (above photo, second from right) and long-time coastal environmentalist and bookstore owner Nancy Thomason (photo below) were among the people speaking out at a Save the Spit benefit on St. Simons Island, Georgia, Friday night. The group is fighting what is perhaps one of the most ill-considered coastal development plans of all time, an attempt by hedge funds and venture capitalists to sell million-dollar property on an extremely fragile spit of land in the Atlantic Ocean off of Sea Island, Georgia. Just want to give a shout-out to people everywhere who try to stop ill-considered coastal development. Sadly, there’s a lot of it, motivated by greed and in total denial of the laws of nature.
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