MACON, Ga. — Georgia’s state House passed a bill late Monday designed to push back against the federal Affordable Care Act. It now goes to the state Senate.
The legislation would prevent state government from helping in the implementation and enforcement of the law also known as “Obamacare.”
It’s a politically charged proposal, but the practical effect would be highly limited, said Chris Tsavatewa, chair of the Health Services Administration program at Middle Georgia State College.
In part, that’s because Georgia is already not cooperating on the most important components of the ACA that depend on state action, he said.
“Georgia opted out of the opportunity to expand Medicaid, and has take on the position that the opportunity to expand the insurance marketplace through an exchange was not something they were interested in participating in at all,” Tsavatewa said.