Rep. Pat Gardner leads response at State Capitol and in new District 57 on Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision
Remarks of Rep. Pat Gardner (D-57)
State Capitol | June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court has determined that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is constitutional and I will leave the constitutional arguments to the lawyers.
No one could be more delighted that I am …..as a mother whose baby daughter was denied coverage by insurers because of a pre-existing condition ….that was 35 years ago.
No family will have to face that kind of anxiety in the future. Hard working families have known for decades that the system is broken.
Today we have taken a historic step forward toward creating a coordinated system of care. Those 65,000 young adults will be able to continue on their parents’ policy and people will no longer be denied coverage or find their coverage dropped when they get sick. For Georgia’s small businesses the Health Insurance Exchange will help small businesses find affordable health coverage for their workers and the possibility of subsidies for those most in need.
Individuals will have more options for coverage. Adults will be able to have Medicaid coverage for the first time so instead of expending state dollars on treatment…and mental health treatment is the best example of how state dollars will be saved…there will be federal dollars to help our working families get the healthcare they need.
However, one bill alone cannot fix a broken system. One court decision alone cannot fix a broken system. There are no perfect bills and the ACA will require some tweaking. Change brings chaos and we will need effective leadership to be at the table as we hammer out the implementation of the new law. For Georgia’s small businesses the Health Insurance Exchange will help small businesses find affordable health coverage for their workers and the possibility of subsidies for those most in need.
Adults will be able to have Medicaid coverage for the first time so instead of expending state dollars on treatment…and mental health treatment is the best example of how state dollars will be save…there will be federal dollars.
Requests to Governor Deal:
The health care debate is not over. It simply moves to a new arena. With the Court’s ruling on the Medicaid expansion, the crucial decisions now are the ones to be taken at the state level. Here in Georgia, we should put federal funds to work ensuring our hard-working families who today make too much to qualify for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. It would be a monumental mistake for Georgia to forego the opportunity to cover 700,000 of our uninsured citizens with at least 90 pct federal dollars. People need timely care and our hospitals and doctors need payment. Billions of dollars will be lost to our health system if we leave them on the table. As we turn to this next stage in our great national debate, deciding whether
Georgia should participate in Medicaid expansion to make sure that our hard-working families have quality affordable health care coverage that can never be taken away, I think we should put on hold making major changes in the way we manage and deliver care under the Medicaid program. We need to approach this new landscape in a thoughtful, methodical, and judicious manner, not jump the gun with a re-designed delivery system that may not pass the test of time.
There is too much money at stake … and our health, too.