Deal2Just six words.  Six words at the end of a press release from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.  But, these six words reveal just how out of touch and mean-spirited our Georgia leadership has become.  Today Governor Deal announced a 3 part plan intended to help rural communities facing closing (and closed) hospitals.   The first piece of his plan will loosen some rules and regulations  to allow hospitals to offer fewer services but remain open.  While certainly not the best solution, keeping emergency rooms and some other services available is a good thing.  Second, is the Rural Hospitals Stabilization Committee (oh, if only it were the Blue Ribbon Rural Hospitals Stabilization Committee – I love a Blue Ribbon Committee!).

Lastly, The Governor announced that:

To increase the flow of communication between hospitals and the state, Deal is designating an employee within the Department of Community Health to serve as a point person for rural hospitals.

Later in the press release we learn:  “I am confident that these proposals will increase communication between stakeholders and ensure that every Georgian is reasonably close to a health care provider should a need or emergency arise.”

And here is where I got really mad.  “should a need or emergency arise.”  Seriously?  The needs are already there.  Every community needs access to ongoing health care.  Healthcare is not the emergency room.  Healthcare is regular checkups; healthy children visits; immunizations; care for chronic illnesses.  There is no question that needs will arise.  The Governor of any state should understand that consistent and regular preventive treatment is an important the key to a healthy and productive community.

While not the panacea that we’d like it to be, we do have an option that would greatly improve health outcomes and access in rural communities. The Governor could just accept the 100% Federal (thru 2016, 90% after) funding for Medicaid Expansion.

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Only three hours to go before 2014 Qualifying is closed for this election cycle.

Couple unpleasant re-matches in the making, I’m looking at you Lucas and Paris. Why don’t you both surprise us all and keep it above board this go round.  Oh that’s right, my bad clearly I’ve been hitting the maryj oil again.

The “Street Committee” has been reporting various shenanigans at the Capitol, but not much is being reported in the counties. Anyone have anything to report from the hinterlands?

I can’t help thinking that we’re about to see the return of the “ghosts of campaigns past”, so it might be useful to clean up some of your google searches. Just saying.

I’m already sick of most of your press releases. Because when you say “economy”, “education” and “transportation” all I think is,  get a new tune, you’ve lost on all those issues before. How about you speak to something you can do something about.

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rulings-tom-falseSenator Josh McKoon has been touting SB 377 as needed to assure that Catholic and other religious institutions are not forced to perform abortions in order to comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.  Of course, we all know that is ridiculous, but he just keeps on saying it.  Enter Politifact Georgia.  Politifact Georgia has rated Senator McKoon’s claims and gives it a FALSE!  Here’s what they had to say:

McKoon said he wants Georgia to become the latest state to have a religious freedom law on the books. But our fact check looked specifically at his comment that his bill would create a law that would serve as  “another tool in the tool kit of those who are fighting on the Obamacare front — Catholic health institutions who are being asked to provide abortion services, that sort of thing.”

We don’t see that he has made that case.

We rate his statement False.

Georgia ranks worst in the USA for maternal mortality.  Hospitals are closing.  Hundreds of thousands of Georgians still lack health care.  Now is not the time to be limiting women’s access to health care.  Call your Senator today and tell her or him to vote against SB 377 if it comes up on Monday.

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The Republicans seem to have their hands full with a number of problematic bills and elected officials littering the legislatures and creating all sorts of unpleasant press droppings.  Some are witty and some not so much.

Lets take a quick look at the “rebranding” targets to see how things as going shall we.

Rebranding with the women folk:

Not good.

Georgia ladies be mad.

Go home your drunk.

Rebranding with the football booster clubs, wait thats not a thing? 

Rushing the passer huh that’s not what this means, I’m so confused.

Boycotts have consequences, expensive ones.

Rebranding with medical community? 

Cavities on the rise bless his heart he’s the only name on this bill awww <sad trombone>

X-Rays of dead people on FB as a winning Senate campaign strategy, oh I think not.

Sick people? No future with them.

Rebranding with the rising American/Georgia Electorate?  You know who I mean, “those people”

It’s always fun to mess with Voting Rights!

They don’t need no stinking license or ID

Rebranding with LBGT community.. oh hell y’all were NEVER doing that! *gigglesnort*

Gay Republicans puzzle me.

What does AZ, OK, GA, VA, IN, TN, ID & Maine have in common.. well this.

Republican Poster Children or as I like to call them, “equal opportunity cringe worthy Representatives of your brand”

Ted Nugent is not helping anyone is he?

Le sigh Rep. Broun, le sigh

Finally this, a special delivery of home grown crazy (part 2) Clean up on isle 22.

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by Sandra Givens Scott, a state representative in Georgia and a member of the Women Legislators’ Lobby, a program of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND).

As a veteran, I have some particular worries about how our nation is meeting the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families. The political brinkmanship Congress has displayed with basic budget decisions over the last several years has threatened the entire U.S. economy and specifically put  at risk essential programs that help prepare returning veterans to reenter the job market.  Members of our military and their families deserve an economy that serves them as well as they serve us.  Jeopardizing our economic security for a political gain is no way to honor these brave women and men.

My husband and I are U.S. Army veterans, and I am appalled at the treatment and services provided to veterans and their families. Our men and women serving in the military work tirelessly to serve this nation; in return they get a slap in the face from the country they protect and love.  As I look at my husband and our friends, who served in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Afghan war, and see the pain, stress, and sickness some of them have, I wonder how the government can continue to prioritize outdated, expensive weapons systems over veterans’ care.

Soldiers often wait many years to get the medical assistance, disability, and other help they need just to survive. Why isn’t the government putting our veterans first? As a state legislator, I am doing my part to help veterans lead productive civilian lives. Shouldn’t Congress do its part?

Even as austerity and budgetary discipline has been imposed on federal spending in the last few years, it has been a different story at the Pentagon, where spending has skyrocketed to $640 billion a year in 2013, almost doubling since 2001. Rather than reshaping its budget to prepare America for real 21st century threats, secure economic competitiveness, and support our military, the Pentagon continues to invest in outdated and expensive weapons systems, such as Cold War-era nuclear weapons and unneeded and troubled programs like the F-35 Strike Fighter Jet.

Taxpayer dollars are wasted on fraud, abuse, and contractor greed. We need instead to invest in our future and address the needs of today’s servicemen and servicewomen, military families, and veterans. If the Pentagon budget is not reined in, other programs including those that are essential to our nation’s veterans will suffer devastating cuts in order to keep overall spending lower and within mandated budget caps.

As a state legislator, I know too well the challenge of budgeting in these difficult economic times. The kind of political brinksmanship seen in Congress lately only makes state budget-writing more difficult. Rather than focus on political gain, Congress should put the livelihoods and needs of our constituents, and especially our veterans, ahead of political posturing.

As the budget process for Fiscal Year 2015 gets underway Congress must decide: will it be showing gratitude for our veterans by fighting for economic security, American strength, and supporting our returning military, veterans and their families; or will Congress instead side with special interests and continue to spend billions on wasteful, outdated and unnecessary programs that don’t make a real contribution to our national or economic security.


 

 

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