Governor Medicaid decision could hurt Ga. hospitals

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 7:36 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:59 PM
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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured and threaten the bottom lines of hospitals that were counting on new income from the changest, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Deal’s spokesman noted Wednesday that the governor might agree to expand Medicaid if the federal government gave Georgia a “block grant” of money and the freedom to tailor the program as it saw fit — none of which is currently in the health care law. Without that flexibility, Deal believes the state could not afford the expansion.

“The fix for an unsustainable program is not to make it even more unsustainable,” said the spokesman, Brian Robinson.

Word of Deal’s decision set off a wave of anxiety among hospital officials and patient advocates in the state, with one saying that the governor is “certainly putting hospitals at risk,” and another calling the decision a mistake.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/30/12 - 08:57 am

I'm sorry, but I cannot accept the argument that failure to expand government benefits will hurt hospitals.

Sure, many of those hospital administrators and those government bureaucrats were licking their chops at the prospect of getting more taxpayer money. But if they don't get my tax money, the only thing that is getting hurt are those administrators’ and bureaucrats’ feelings.

constituent 08/30/12 - 04:23 pm
When the Supreme Court upheld

When the Supreme Court upheld health care reform, we all cheered. But now GOP governors like Nathan Deal are threatening to block health insurance for millions of poor families under Obamacare by literally refusing to accept money being handed to their states ny the federal government. Why? Ideology. Partisanship. Allegiance to corporate donors. And the people in poverty who get sick or die as a result? They just don't count. But politically, Republican governors don't have a leg to stand on. Honestly, they're going to tell voters that they refuse to allow the federal government to pay for health insurance for poor people in their states? And still expect to get reelected? Not if we do our jobs right.

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