The GOP has been quick to attack Taylor’s math.

Health insurance for all Georgia’s children is a signature proposal of Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor’s campaign for governor.

But is his Peach Kids program feasible? And what would it cost?

Taylor portrays Peach Kids as both ambitious and modest, saying it would create a safety net for Georgia’s uninsured children but would cost the state only about $13.8 million in the first year.

Republicans question his math. Gov. Sonny Perdue argues that jobs are the way to combat the problem of the uninsured but has not made health care a focus of his re-election campaign.


  1. Bill Simon says:

    I don’t quite understand this comment by Perdue…could someone in the Perdue knowledge-base of ideas explain what this means?:

    Asked about his own vision for health care in Georgia, Perdue said he wants to help make Georgia a destination for “medical tourism.” Perdue said those seeking health care could come to the state to use its premier facilities. It would be a powerful economic boon for the state, he said.

    “It’s kind of like the sick Super Bowl,” Perdue said.

    Ehhh? “Medical tourism”???

  2. Hm, according to an AJC article on Aug 26, the GOP estimates the Peach Kids program will cost $111 million. In 2004, an estimated 300,000 or so kids were uninsured in Georgia. That number has almost certainly gone up, but lets stick with that number. If every single one of them joined up (and we know many will be illegals who wouldn’t be eligible) the state would be ponying up close to $370/kid each year.

    That doesn’t sound very likely. What we do know from Illinois example is that maybe 25,000 kids will join the program the first year. Their parents will pay a monthly premium of $40, which would mean the state would be kicking in about $500 per child. Under the GOP estimate, are we really to believe that the state would be kicking in over $4,000 on a yearly basis for each child?

    Another thing Illinios found out when they implemented this program is that they became eligible for federal medicaid funding which lowered the cost to taxpayers even more.

    I’m sorry, but if the choice is some sort of surgery bowl game that increases health care options for people that don’t even live in Georgia or a modest proposal that insures more Georgians and doesn’t cost taxpayers that much money, I’ll stick with Taylor’s plan.

  3. Mojo says:

    I’m shocked that the GOP would attack Taylor’s proposal and accuse him of fuzzy math. Thank you Erick for enlightening me on this.

    Isn’t it interesting that the GOP accuses Taylor of fuzzy math yet they offer no estimate of their own. Hell, they don’t even offer a broad, broad estimate of what it would cost.

    Perdue says he is married, I say he is not. Why? Because I say so, therefore it is true.

  4. Mad Dog says:

    Are we going to be competing with the nip/tuck resorts in other countries or just the ones in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina?

    And do we use FOG licensed haulers to carry away the … lipo? Nice ancilliary industry. Deposal of medical waste.

    Might make enough to play fuzzy math Under the Dome.

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