Perdue's cross-state health-insurance purchases gets committee OK

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:41 PM
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ATLANTA - - The day President Barack Obama signed into law federal health reform, a state House committee gave its OK to legislation proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to allow Georgians to buy health-insurance policies approved by other states.
Approval by the House Insurance Committee, voting 12-7, paves the way for House Bill 1184 to come before the full House for consideration in time for Friday's crossover deadline, or else it would have been dead.
Perdue's floor leader, Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, introduced the bill and explained it to the committee.
"This bill is about one thing, putting more power in the hands of Georgia insurance-buying consumers," he said. "What we think this would do is expand the potential universe of insurance policies available."
Democrats on the committee objected to authorizing the purchase of insurance policies that may not include coverage for all 45 specific conditions mandated under Georgia law for policies sold here now. Ramsey said policies covering all 45 would still be sold in the state and that consumers would have the choice to buy them or not.
The new federal reform law won't fully take effect until 2014. Even then, people will still buy insurance, although it will establish multi-state exchanges as one way they can shop. Perdue's bill would open the choices to policies sold in any state, not just those in the exchanges, and it would take effect this year.

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justus4
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justus4 03/23/10 - 02:28 pm
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What?! What does this mean?
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What?! What does this mean? The Health Care Reform package doesn't include this multi-state exchange scheme, which would provides cover for the insurance companies who are plotting future profits. This trick was to be expected from particular states that didn't get in on the AG scam, who opposed the president's vision. Nothing new here...just seems they could have let the ink dry.

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ron_rlw 03/23/10 - 02:30 pm
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Justus4 ... What does this

Justus4 ... What does this mean? ... it means that the federal government didn't have to take over the regulations of insurance companies from the states in order to have insurance reform.

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Local Interests 03/23/10 - 02:37 pm
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Apparently it did or this

Apparently it did or this option (though its benefits are not yet clear) would have been available all along.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/23/10 - 02:41 pm
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No ... if you notice this is

No ... if you notice this is the state changing their regulations ... instead of the federal government forcing the change. But the federal government figures that the insurance companies are regulated enough ... so they are adding a new layer of regulations (and expense) on top of the state requlations.

confederate american
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confederate american 03/23/10 - 03:06 pm
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justus4 what it means is that

justus4 what it means is that the people and a lot of states do not want your president and his clowns insurance.states rights and sovereignty.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 03/23/10 - 03:16 pm
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No, this is Sonny Perdue

No, this is Sonny Perdue being an idiot. He is asking Georgia to continue to regulate the insurance industry but then invite companies to bypass the regulation. It makes no sense.
The SHOP portion of the health care bill will benefit small businesses that are currently being overcharged by insurance companies due to small risk pools.
Perdue is just mad because his Democratic AG won't waste Georgia $'s on a losing constitutional battle being waged only for political capital.

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confederate american 03/23/10 - 03:23 pm
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local interests-this so

local interests-this so called health bill is unconsitutional and you and everyone else knows it.

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ron_rlw 03/23/10 - 03:25 pm
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Local Interests ... The fact

Local Interests ... The fact of the matter is, Sonny Perdue is showing everyone that there was already a procedure inplace for insurance reform that is constitutional and much much cheaper. Obama and the democrats just didn't want to follow procedure ... they just wanted their own way.

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jack 03/23/10 - 04:33 pm
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Justus4, in fact, the

Justus4, in fact, the DIMocRAT power grab DOES have insurance exchanges (run by the fed, of course). Now, all you supporters of this power grab-just how much better off TODAY are you than you were yesterday?

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double_standard 03/23/10 - 07:24 pm
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Sonny Perdue is an idiot.

Sonny Perdue is an idiot. People please remember how he let Oxendine change the auto insurance laws last summer. Look at your car insurance renewals now you gotta have more coverage for uninsured motorist. Perdue doesn't have a clue.

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