State Health Plan Overhaul

The Senate voted to override another one of Governor Perdue’s vetoes. This time she vetoed Senate Bill 265, the common sense reform of the State Health Plan that has a $500 million shorftall looming. The proposals in SB 265 were nearly identical to those in her budget, yet she chose to cave to her political base and vetoed it. She decided to take direction from lobbyists again and refuses to recognize the clear will of the voters. The Republicans have taken the initiative to save this plan before it completely collapses by offering coverage plans with modest monthly premiums of $21 per month for the best coverage and only $10 per month for the cheapest option. Yet, we are still fulfilling the promise to the state’s retirees by providing them a free coverage option. These changes are necessary to prevent the plan’s financial collapse.

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