It is December and the December 15 deadline for those who want coverage beginning in January is rapidly approaching. The problems with the healthcare.gov website are getting better. According to federal numbers, 1390 Georgians signed up for a healthcare plan on the federal exchanges in October.
Considering all the problems with the website and the tactics being used by Republicans to try to ensure the failure of the system, not bad. Had Georgia worked to make sure that there were enough navigators to enroll people around the state, things may be better. "Let me tell you what we’re doing [about Obamacare]: everything in our power to be an obstructionist," State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said when asked about the ACA. This is the attitude and obstacle for the ACA in Georgia. If Georgia had opted to create its own exchange like Kentucky, things may be better. If Georgia had accepted the funds for the expansion of Medicaid things would definitely be better. The state is estimated to lose three billion from 2014 to 2022 because of this. Mr. Hudgens has worked to make sure the ACA fails for uninsured Georgians. He is of the opinion that preexisting conditions should not be covered by insurance companies. This is hard to believe as Mr. Hudgens has been treated for cancer. As things stand this is where the state is. November numbers will likely be better.
Some people are taking up the task of trying to help spread the word and enroll people. Minority leader of the Georgia General Assembly, Stacy Abrams, is one of those people. She and other leaders have held 40 town halls and telephone town halls over the last few months. There are also Enrollment Saturdays. The idea is to share information so people are better informed about the ACA (Affordable Care Act). This is critical to the economic future of Georgia. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies. Almost two million Georgians are uninsured according to Georgians for a Healthy Future. Three hospitals have permanently closed this year. Leaving rural areas with less access to health care.