Georgia Governor Nathan Deal warned U.S. Congress not to defund the new Health Care law, but to repeal it altogether, in his recent editorial for The Daily Caller.
“I want congressional Republicans to continue fighting to repeal Obamacare,” wrote Deal. “But until that happens, Washington can’t leave states bearing the crippling costs of a program we never wanted to begin with.”
Deal pointed out that defunding some of the mandates within the law doesn’t get rid of them, but it forwards the financial burden to the states.
“While I share their [lawmakers] concerns about the disastrous effect Obamacare will have on our economy and personal freedoms, Washington cannot simply defund it without rescinding its crippling mandates. Otherwise, these mandates will be passed on to the states to become the most burdensome, suffocating taxes on the American public in the history of this country,” said Deal in the article. “Unlike the federal government, states are unable to print greenbacks or borrow money from the Chinese government to cover deficits. Most states, including mine, require balanced budgets.”
In the editorial, Deal detailed the new tax burden Georgians will bare as a result of the bill’s implementation. According to his numbers, if the federal government raised taxes to cover the “true” costs of the bill, every Georgia resident would pay $200 more per year, including children.
On the state level, Deal accounted that the amount will rise to additional $1,000 a year per household in state taxes, mostly because of the expansion of Medicare.
Deal also broke down how the Medicare mandate will impact medical care accessibility:
“To cover some of the costs of Medicaid expansion and the mandated insurance exchange, Obamacare reduces the rate of reimbursement to doctors and other providers significantly. This reduction in reimbursement may affect the number of doctors who accept Medicaid patients, seriously impacting patient access at a time when demand will skyrocket. In fact, the estimated 1.2 million Georgians who will become covered through Medicaid and insurance exchanges have been projected to generate an additional 1.2 to 2 million physicians visits per year. This translates into a shortfall of 300-400 providers in Georgia.”
Deal himself was a U.S. Representative before winning Governorship in 2010. While in Washington, he voted against Health Care Reform, making it his last vote as a Congressman.
Click here to read Nathan Deal’s editorial.