|By Jack Bernard|
Or is he just interested in the special interests that contribute to his very well-funded political campaign?
First, the governor made the unilateral decision not to expand
He did this despite the fact that the expansion was 100 percent paid for by the federal government for three years, gradually falling to 90 percent federal funding.
It appears that the governor is fine with having a high unemployment rate as well.
By not agreeing to the expansion, he effectively killed 70,000 private sector jobs. According to a recent
It is likely that Deal is more afraid of being "tea partied" in the
But that does not explain his latest anti-employee actions, affecting a large number of middle-class working and retired Georgians who are covered via state insurance.
Although not covered extensively enough by the media, awhile back the governor pushed through a draconian revision of the state health plan that covers all state workers and public school teachers as of
Historically the state has not had anything near a "Cadillac plan" for its employees. But there was a range of options with reasonable premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
Deal and his
Poorly paid state employees and teachers are now faced with bankruptcy if they have major illnesses.
Although it is just March, horror stories are already appearing on a teacher Facebook page (see T.R.A.G.I.C.). I can guarantee you that many more such stories will appear over this year when the medical bills roll in and people find out that they are only covered in the event of a catastrophe.
As a former employer, I can tell you that insurance companies will put together just about any plan you want.
If you desire catastrophic insurance, shifting the financial burden to your employees, they can do that, and that is exactly what Deal wanted and got with the new state health plan.
Don't just take my word for it. The state plan can be found online.
An average teacher in
Now that is gone, thanks to the governor. How much the State Health Plan affects teacher recruitment and retention is yet to be determined. How many of our best state employees will leave for the private sector is also an unknown. But over time, I predict a substantial impact on our state.
Deal's policies are a bad deal. Unless he reverses course soon, he will discover this fact in the upcoming general election.
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