It is clear that a one-size-fits-all solution is not working for Georgia’s diverse uninsured population. The Legislature chose to provide a way for Georgians to gain greater access to more affordable, meaningful coverage without added government regulation.
In the end, the debate boiled down to a simple point. Opponents of HB 47 believe the state government is in the best position to decide what is and is not in a consumer’s insurance policy in Georgia. Conversely, the majority party in the Legislature trust Georgia’s residents to make an informed choice about what insurance option is best for their family or business. We also understand that in the history of humankind, it has been proved over and over again that it is a good thing for consumers to have more choice and more competition in a marketplace. That is exactly what HB 47 will provide.
State Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, is the Senate majority leader.
State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, is House Majority Caucus vice chairman.