As Obamacare comes to Georgia, keep your eye on Washington —… | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

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As Obamacare comes to Georgia, keep your eye on Washington —… | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Obamacare is coming to Georgia, so strap on your waterproof skeptic’s cap. And make sure it’s rated to repel both Republican and Democratic fire hoses.

Last week began with a panicked letter from state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens to Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — who is in charge of implementing the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Hudgens’ letter was sent via Fedex on Monday and asked that Sebelius — by 7 p.m. Tuesday — extend a Wednesday deadline that required him to approve premium rates for health care policies that will be offered this fall by an insurance exchange set up to sell policies to the uninsured, whether they’re unemployed or have no coverage at work.

Obama is attempting an unprecedented expansion of federal authority, and that requires unending scrutiny. Or repealing, if you’re so inclined. But in the short term, health care insurance companies have an interest in seeing that the costs of his program are as generous as possible. And no matter what they say, at least in Georgia, Republicans are in control of the levers that could make that happen. Or not.

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