The election is over but Obamacare mandates are not. November 16 is the next Obamacare deadline for Georgia citizens. How we deal with this requirement will determine how we pay for health insurance and how much more tax we must pay.
At issue is Medicaid expansion for low income individuals and the infamous health insurance exchange.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision will determine whether hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians get access to health coverage.
To date Deal has said the state can’t afford the expansion long term.
More immediately, state leaders must declare by Nov. 16 whether they will build and operate new online exchanges where consumers and small businesses can shop for affordable insurance or leave it to the federal government. Experts say even if Georgia opts to create its own exchange, there isn’t enough time to get one up and running by the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline.