Statement from Gerry Purcell, “The Solutions Candidate”
Georgia’s Next Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner
President Ronald Reagan said:
“We need new leaders unfettered by old ties and old relationships.”
After decades of failed progressive ideology and a failure to lead by both parties, Reagan’s statement is truer than ever.
I have learned a similar lesson in the marketplace:
Those who have led us into the mess are not the ones who will lead us out of the mess.
And, we are in a mess. Failed progressive ideology and a failure to lead and exercise fiscal discipline by both parties are causes. And “good old boy” cronyism has suffocated our state, holding us back from our full potential. Some career politicians have enriched themselves on power.
As a new leader for Georgia, unfettered by old ties and old relationships, I have developed a reputation for taking on tough, complex challenges. I bring:
Tested military leadership, exemplified by receiving the George Marshall Leadership Award
Marketplace results, having turned around five failing business units with Mobil Oil
17 years of recognized free market health care leadership that will help lead the battle against Washington
1. Rebuilding Trust
We begin restoring trust with a “No wiggle room” ethics policy. I pledge to accept no gifts, no meals, no entertainment, no trips to bowl games, or hunting trips, and such from special interest groups hoping to gain favor from this Office. I will pay my on way. Yes, it will mean meetings at affordable coffee shops, rather than expensive restaurants with vintage wine and cigars.
Both consumer and corporate interests will have access to the Office to provide information, but information is all we will accept.
2. My “Fight & Fix” Strategy Against ObamaCare
The newly passed health care law frequently references insurance commissioners as integral to its implementation. We are in a street fight that will consume significant time for the next four years.
Georgia needs an expert who is experienced in working on complex health issues at the state and national level. I am that expert.
I support vigorous litigation against the individual mandate and the unprecedented distortion and abuse of Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution. I will work with the new AG to identify other litigation issues such as the unprecedented invasion of our privacy.
I will oppose non-sustainable mandates like the high-risk pool. This pool is severely flawed and economically unsustainable. Georgia is set to receive $177 million for this pool. If only 200,000 of our citizens join, of the 1.8 million uninsured, the pool would be severely underfunded at $885 per person.
The central question is, does the federal government have the right to bankrupt the State of Georgia? Absolutely not!
Here are a few of the solutions I have proposed to fix our health care markets. I will work in partnership with the legislature to adopt:
a. More market competition, while keeping the feds out of our business. Most state insurance markets operate more like oligopolies than free markets. I am a leading advocate of interstate sales.
b. Fewer mandates and eliminate the insurance tax. Georgia has 45 insurance mandates compared with Alabama’s 21. We have the second highest insurance tax in the U.S. Minimally, we must expose the premium tax on every consumer/business policy statement.
c. Pooling for small businesses, allowing them to buy with scale like bigger companies buy.
d. Vigilant insurance fraud program.
e. Meaningful, effective tort reform, more arbitration and simplified insurance contracts written in layman’s language.
f. More transparency, in order for payers/consumers to know what their costs are up front.
g. Shift power back to individuals, through greater use of Health Savings Accounts. Indiana did this in 2009 with great success.
3. Other Priorities:
a. Audit Title 33 – White Paper to legislature on outdated regulations
b. Institute zero based budgeting
c. Privatize some Department functions
d. Work with AG and legislature to develop a strategy to reduce uninsured motorists
e. Increase rewards for arson information
f. Institute a “FedEx/UPS” type tracking process for consumer complaints and business/agent inquiries and applications
g. Move to two year licensing of agents to save the State money
h. Work with economic development to formulate a strategy to attract insurance companies to Georgia
i. Develop a strategy to assist local law enforcement to aggressively pursue metal theft
I would be honored to win your support. I am ready to go to work for Georgia, with vision, solutions and conviction. www.gerrypurcell.com