Gov. Deal must have an allergic reaction to taking responsibility.
Unlike a CEO who makes tough calls to guide a company through challenges, Gov. Deal wants nothing to do with the tough decisions facing Georgia.
Last week, the fourth rural hospital shut its doors under Gov. Deal’s watch.
At the same time Lower Oconee Community Hospital fired 100 employees, Gov. Deal told Atlanta media that he doesn’t want to make the final call on whether or not to expand Medicaid.
In a single pen stroke, Gov. Deal could bring Georgia’s hospitals in line with new federal reimbursement guidelines. Right now Georgians pay into the new federal health program to make sure more than 600,000 Georgians have insurance. But Gov. Deal is blocking the money we’ve already paid from coming back to our hospitals.
Standing in the hospital door has become uncomfortable for Nathan Deal.
He knows that 60 percent of Georgia voters support Medicaid expansion. This support hasn’t dipped for two years, despite how many times the governor has said “Obamacare” on Fox News.
So, the governor has a political problem.
His solution? Avoid being blamed.
Gov. Deal’s administration has co-sponsored a bill that would make him the first governor in the nation to voluntarily give up his power to decide the state’s future with Medicaid expansion.
We’ve never seen a governor so eager to give away power.
If Gov. Deal’s bill is approved, and if he signs it, the decision to expand Medicaid will move off his desk and go to the General Assembly — a body of part-time lawmakers.
In effect, he’s raising his hands and saying, “it’s not my problem.”
In fact, Georgia’s failing healthcare system is his problem.
Gov. Deal wants to voluntarily give the power to save Georgia hospitals to the same lawmakers who compared our hospitals to “crack addicts” and said some of Georgia’s rural hospitals “need to close.”
Make no mistake. This bill represents Gov. Deal’s final decision to lock the doors of dozens of Georgia hospitals.
Our failing hospital system is one of the most important challenges facing our state.
Together, you and I must stop the “Third World nation” system of medical care in parts of our state.
Today you can speak up and make a real difference. You can add your voice of support for that expectant mother who needs to rush to the hospital — and needs a hospital nearby. You can talk for the farmer whose tractor flipped in the field. Or, speak up for the child whose mom can’t quite figure out what’s wrong but knows the fever won’t go away.
Sign and share our petition at SaveGeorgiaHospitals.com.
Your signature will be immediately delivered to your local State Representative and State Senator. (And for good measure, we’ll send a copy to Gov. Deal’s office).
It’s time to act now. Together we can change the state.
We now know that Gov. Deal must break out in a rash if he makes a political decision that isn’t self-serving. Together, we’re going to have to pick up his slack.