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28 December 2009

State Dept. Of Community Health Says ObamaCare A Budget Buster

In two weeks, the Georgia General Assembly will convene the 2010 legislative session; a session that is widely expected to be extremely painful as lawmakers seek to balance the state budget during a tough economic climate. Millions of dollars are likely to be cut from the budget. However, a new unfunded mandate from Congress may force legislators to find new sources of money to keep Georgia from going deep into the red.

A recent report from the state Dept. of Community Health (DCH) says the health care bill working its way through the U.S. House and Senate might cost Georgia between $100 and $200 million annually at the program's start, and eventually balloon to $500 million a year.

As the health care debate has raged in Washington, the issue of the cost to states has become a fire-hot topic. The single greatest cost to states is expected to be the vast expansion of Medicaid coverage for poor people.

In Georgia, the state Department of Community Health has estimated the additional state costs would start at $100 million to $200 million a year when the program begins in about 2013, and increase over a half-dozen years to upwards of $500 million a year.

DCH’s estimate is Georgia’s only official state analysis.

Schneider, Chuck and Keefe, Bob (2009-12-26). Health bill to hit Georgia budget. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.

Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both voted against ObamaCare, and it is beginning to appear that their votes were in the best interests of the state. Health care for all Georgians is a laudable idea, but not if it breaks the bank.