Ga. Republicans Moving Against Obama Health Plan

March 18, 2014 11:05 PM
Ga. Republicans Moving Against Obama Health Plan
" ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans were poised Tuesday to make it even tougher for Georgia to expand a government health insurance program for the poor, undercutting a big part of an overhaul backed by Democratic President Barack Obama.

The election-year legislation was expected to come up for a vote as soon as Tuesday as state lawmakers in the General Assembly held their second-to-last day of the legislative year. By law, Georgia’s state lawmakers meet for 40 working days. Legislators are in a mad rush to pass their bills because any legislation that does not win approval by the final day on Thursday automatically fails for the year.

One of the most significant bills would give Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature the final say on whether to loosen the rules governing how much money people can make and still qualify for the government-funded Medicaid program. The Democratic health care plan counted on states to expand their Medicaid programs to include people who are too poor to afford subsidized health insurance but otherwise ineligible for government care.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has said the long-run costs of expanding the state’s Medicaid system are too expensive "

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