Insurance commissioner candidate Hudgens fends off charges he’s anti-woman

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 5:40 PM
Last updated 5:41 PM
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ATLANTA -- Insurance-commissioner candidate Ralph Hudgens is getting attacked from two sides.

Democratic opponent Mary Squires is blasting the Republican nominee for being anti-women because he opposes mandated insurance coverage for conditions that most often affect only women, such as breast cancer and pap smears.

Squires noted today that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Why would we vote for an insurance commissioner who fights -- and fights hard -- to strip women of life-saving coverages like mammograms?” she asked. 

Now, someone has made a video attacking for his stance in an online video that is being emailed across the state to various interest groups. Squires’ campaign says its not behind the 45-second video.

It reports that Hudgens, as a senator, sponsored legislation that would allow insurance companies to sell streamlined policies without the mandated coverages that some observers blame for boosting premiums. It also contains a clip of him in a candidate’s forum from the primary talking about why men might prefer to save money buying policies that don’t include coverage for pregnancy or breast-reconstruction they would never need.

Today, he responded to his critics.

"It troubles me that many Georgians have found themselves priced out of the health insurance market in recent years. As chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, I continually explored approaches to allow the consumer to have the coverage they need at the best possible price. I trust consumers,” he said. “I will do everything in my power to encourage the widest range of product offerings.”


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