Earlier this month, Georgia discovered a way to obstruct the implementation of Obamacare, causing Democrats across the country to condemn the state’s Department of Insurance for obstructing President Barack Obama’s beloved Affordable Care Act.
In early August, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens explained the obstruction method to a crowd of enthusiastic Georgians. Obamacare created many positions within each state’s healthcare exchange for “insurance agents,” or employees that sign customers up for Obamacare coverage.
Hudgens explained that Georgia passed a law that says, “a navigator, which is a position in that exchange, has to be licensed by our Department of Insurance.”
“The Obamacare law says that we cannot require them to be an insurance agent, so we said fine, we’ll just require them to be a licensed navigator. So we’re going to make up the test, and basically you take the insurance agent test, you erase the name, you write ‘navigator test’ on it,” Hudgens continued.
Georgia’s law effectively eliminates positions that are necessary for Obamacare to function.
While the heavily red state is the first to pass significant legislative action against the implementation of Obamacare, many wonder if other states will hop on Georgia’s bandwagon.
Is this a realistic option to obstruct Obamacare?