Democrat candidate for Commissioner of Insurance Mary Squires has sent out an email about yesterdays press conference down to the capital that castigated republican Ralph Hudgens for trying to limit or eliminate some of Georgia 45 health insurance mandates. It looks like that Ballou chick from Maria Sheffield's campaign might be doing some moonlighting.
As much as I hate to have to say anything positive about Huggy Bear Hudgens, I think his stance on Georgia'as 45 health care mandates is correct. In fact, I don't think he goes far enough. There is no legitimate reason for the Georgia legislature to inject itself into the medical affairs of Georgia citizens, and there sure as hell isn't any legitimate reason to compel individual citizens to pay for health care coverage that is impossible for them to use.
The focus of the press conference and the follow up email was to paint Ralph as insensitive to womens issues. The reality of our health mandates is that they force the same set of requirements on every citizen with out the citizen having any input or say so. So a single male finds that he has to pay for coverage for a whole litany of medical services that are strictly designed for females. On the flip side, single women are paying for heath services they'll never be able to use unless and until they grow a prostrate.
The true beneficiaries of Georgia's mandate system are health care insurance providers who have maneuvered the state into passing legislation that enhances their business without costing them. If half the population is paying for pap smears every month they don't need and the other half is paying for prostrate protection that they don't need, that small slice of the premium goes right to the bottom line of the insurance company. Good business if you can get it, and brother you can get it if you buy and sell politicians.
Here's Mary Squires press release:
Subject: Take a stand for women
Today, YOU Can Stand Up for Georgia's Families
Yesterday, I stood in front of the Capitol with women from all over the State demanding Ralph Hudgens stop using women's healthcare as a scapegoat for high insurance costs.
Commenting on Georgia's 45 preventative care safeguards that insurance companies must provide Georgians, Hudgens stated, "Currently, policies must cover all 45 mandates. Those mandates cover mammograms and pap smears. I don't need those. It's like requiring customers to buy the fully-loaded Cadillac at a car dealership instead of the little Chevy they can afford."
Ralph Hudgens dares to compare basic medical procedures for women to a fully-loaded Cadillac-as though pap smears and mammograms are an outlandish and lavish status symbol. His statement is inaccurate, insensitive, and offensive. We can't get car insurance without collision protection, why should we pay for health insurance without preventative protections?
I guess this shouldn't be shocking considering he has continuously blamed women for the rising cost of healthcare throughout the campaign.
Why would we vote for an Insurance Commissioner who fights---and fights hard---to strip women of life-saving coverages?
Today you can stand up against Ralph Hudgens. By making a contribution to my campaign, you can tell Ralph, "Enough is Enough!"
Georgia needs a watchdog as Insurance Commissioner, not a lapdog who will fight to make it harder on our families. We have less than 24 hours before our next financial disclosure. A contribution of $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can afford will go a long way in our efforts to defeat Ralph.
Families should not have to fight their elected Insurance Commissioner for basic necessities. As Insurance Commissioner, I promise to be a watchdog for Georgia families.
If elected, Ralph Hudgens will do more of the same. He's fighting to make it harder on our families, and I'm fighting to protect all of us.
All my best,
P.S. Please forward this email to your contacts. The more people who know about the importance of this race, the better.