The Peach State’s #RateShock Emergency

July 30, 2013

Not only is the president’s “Affordable” Care Act responsible for premium increases of as much as 198 percent in Georgia, it is so unworkable that the state has requested “an emergency delay of the filing deadline for Obamacare rates” from the Department of Health and Human Services because the health care law’s impact on Georgia is so significant. Upon alerting HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens today lamented, “Increases of this magnitude will make coverage less affordable and increase the number of uninsured in Georgia.”

Hudgens is not the only one hoping to delay the impact of the health care law.  When corporate interests requested a delay of the employer mandate, the administration listened and single handedly rewrote the law. It then went a step further by threatening to veto any attempts to provide the same relief to individual Americans, despite overwhelming support for a reprieve. The Hill reports, “A new survey finds only 12 percent of respondents support implementing Obamacare’s individual mandate.”

The implementation of the health care law has been defined by deadline delays and dismissals, as illustrated by the American Action Forum here. Georgia’s request emphasizes two of the law’s most significant failures: contrary to its name, health care premiums are skyrocketing, and regardless of how the law is currently written, the administration will do whatever is necessary to bring it across the finish line. We have now entered the ‘you have to implement the law to find out what it’s going to look like’ phase.

The clock is ticking as we should learn by the close of business today if the administration will stand up for the residents of the Peach State or allow them to become the next victims of the health care law’s rate shock.