During my podcast with Senator Eric Johnson, he mentioned that some legislation was about to be introduced that included some to the health insurance reforms that Newt Gingrich had been pushing.
Judson Hill has filed Senate Bill 28. I’ve been reading over it and it looks a lot like the new laws in Massachusetts, which in and of it’s self is a scary thought.
Here are just a couple parts of the legislation…
You are required to prove that you have insurance coverage.
Effective January 1, 2008, the following individuals who are over the age of 18 and have not yet attained the age of 65 and whose annual gross income exceeds 300 percent of the federal poverty level for the immediately preceding calendar year shall offer proof of their ability to pay for medical care for themselves and their dependents.
If you fail to comply with the above statue, be prepared to have your wages garnished.
(d) If, in any calendar year, an individual subject to the requirement in subsection (a) of this Code section fails to comply with said requirement, the commissioner of revenue shall establish an escrow account in the name of said individual and:
(1) Shall retain and deposit in said account all such funds as may be owed to said individual by the State of Georgia, including, but not limited to, any overpayment by said individual of any taxes imposed by the State of Georgia;
(2) Shall obtain an order for the attachment of the wages of said individual to satisfy the requirements of this Code section; or
(3) Both paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection.
Very Big Brother sounding stuff. Admittedly, I’m no fan of the Massachusetts plan, and I’m even less a fan of the plan California is about to implement.
The Massachusetts statues are the very reason that Mitt Romney shouldn’t be elected President, I don’t give a damn what his stance on abortion was or is now or what it may be in four years.
Michael Tanner at the Cato Institute writes that these types of the requirements “opens the door to widespread regulation of the health care industry and political interference in personal health care decisions. The result will be a slow but steady spiral downward toward a government-run, national health care system.”
I know a lot of you are ready jump on the Romney train for President, but if anything similar to his healthcare reform in Massachusetts are introduced here in Georgia, I think it will be a disaster for the state and it will increase the size of government…which is what the party in control of the legislature is supposed to be against.