Friday, September 4, 2009

GA GOP Treading on Dangerous Ground

Two Republican Georgia state legislators have indicated that they will introduce legislation to block health care reform in Georgia should it pass Congress. They have put all of their eggs into the Tenth Amendment, which states that power not given the Federal Government by the Constitution is reserved for the states. The bill would be a proposed state constitutional amendment, which would have to be ratified by two thirds of Georgia's voters.

Such an amendment might pass in this state of right wingnut Republicans. However, the future of health care in the state would be bleak, not to mention the state's budget which would be broken by the numerous wrongful death lawsuits and challenges to the constitutionality of the amendment. It would also result in a mass exodus from the state by folks seeking health care.

Florida is seeing an exodus at the moment, due to unwise moves by state and local governments in that state. Florida Power and Light, the "socialist" public utility in Florida is increasing its rates drastically. Many local governments are increasing taxes at an alarming rate, while poorly managing their staffs and agencies. Floridians do not pay income taxes, so there must be a way of raising funds for government operations. Local tax and sales tax rates must increase in order to continue operations. The area where I live has become to refugee camp for Floridians. We are overrun by them and they are changing our culture and ruining our area as they did in Florida.

If Georgia tries this unwise move and other Republican states follow suit, some states are going to profit greatly as people leave to go where the pastures are greener and health care costs are cheaper. The ramifications are not pretty. Health care costs will rise as employer health care plan costs increase due to fewer participants and tax coffers will shrink, leading to higher taxes.

Then there is Medicare. If state voters reject federal health care reform, will that reject Medicare as well? There is no difference. Medicare is a public health care option and that is what these backward hacks are against. It appears that there will be a host of seniors without medical care. Democrats should jump on this as the Republicans jumped on the "death panels."

Republicans will try anything to try to regain power in this country. It looks as if state rejection of health care reform will be the next trick up their sleeves. Their shills will continue to follow them with chants of "health care isn't a right!" Medicare is not a right either but those folks' mothers and fathers depend upon it for their health care. Furthermore, with retirement plans falling through the cracks, the young folks in this country are going to have to provide their own health care at an exorbitant rate when they retire, if something is not done soon.


Anonymous said...

You write as though health care would have no cost, cost no one anything if only we get government run health care. How is that going to happen? This country is going so deep in debt, how do we get out. When we fail to honor God, we will be on our own and without Him all is hopeless.

Anonymous said...

Don't tell me that giving free medical care is all that concerns God. I think he hates abortion, homosexuality, adultery, lies, stealing, name calling and a whole lot of things that we now tolerate.

Vagabonde said...

First of all let me say that I am sorry that you receive so many anonymous comments on your blog. I think that people who write on these are afraid to sign they names. Even if they don’t have a blogger account they could sign their names after their statements. I consider them cowards for sure, so I certainly don’t pay attention to what they say. Secondly, don’t people realize that the US is the only western country with no national health care? The country where more people go to church and don’t care about poor people – certainly a selfish and hypocrite bunch. On top of that this country spends twice as much as the European country with the best health care. And why do we have such a deficit? Because all these ignoramus voted for Bush and his war in Iraq, that’s why, and now they don’t want to pay for the least of them? It’s OK to kill but not OK to heal? And your anonymous dare to speak of God?
If they think other countries don’t like their national health care, just read the Australian blog I just read and see what they say about it: Bainos’ Banter here is the site: And I loved the Letterman monologue you posted.

Darlene said...

Vagabonde led me to your site and I am so glad she did. Hooray for you taking on the wingnuts in your state.

People like anonymous don't have a clue as to what's really at stake here. They just parrot the lies told by Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, and their ilk without understanding that if we don't reform health care and do it in a way to cut costs the country will be bankrupt, individuals are going bankrupt daily due to their medical bills, and companies are failing because of the cost of insuring their workers.

We spend more on health care RIGHT NOW than any other industrialized nation and get less for it. This is a fact!

As for God, I think it is presumptuous to speak for him to justify your ignorance. If you are such good Christians, how can you ignore the teachings of Jesus? He told his followers to take care of the "least of these".

Anonymous said...

He said if you don't work, you shall not eat also.

Georgia Mountain Man said...

And what does that verse have to do with this discussion, Anonymous person?

Anonymous said...

What does free everything have to do with a healthy society?
You make me think of fingernails scratching on a blackboard. Squawk on.
Oh, by the way, free is not free. Someone is going to have to pay. It is now just a question of how many generations.