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State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by any local municipality, state agency or political subdivision of the state of Georgia.

He has scheduled a press conference today in Atlanta to discuss the proposed legislation and express his concerns about how the Affordable Care Act could impact the state. He will accept a petition with more than 37,000 signatures from across the state opposing Obamacare during the press conference.

Spencer said the legislation he is sponsoring, House Bill 707, has lots of support. He said 32 state representatives have signed on as co-sponsors.

The proposed legislation will save the state over $100 million in fiscal 2015, he said.

"What this will do is save taxpayers money," he said. "The state of Georgia spends $3 billion a year on health care."

The proposed legislation, if it passes, will not affect state residents who have private insurance, he said. Instead, it will protect the state and its municipalities from having to pay a $65 tax per person covered by health insurance, he said.

"We can exempt ourselves from that tax," he said. "It blocks the state and local governments from getting into Obamacare."

Spencer said Georgia's state health benefit plan is funded by the taxpayers and a portion by state employee contributions.

He said his legislation will save the state from "bailing out private insurance companies who made a deal with the devil," he said.

"Furthermore, it would further save local governments from shelling out millions of taxpayer dollars to pay Obamacare taxes on their own self-insured polices as well," he said.

He also expressed concern about the impact the federal health plan will have on all Georgia residents. According to Spencer, they will have to pay a $65 reinsurance fee "to bail out the insurance industry when too many sick people fill the insurance rolls due to the individual mandate."

"This is one of many reasons why your state health benefits plan insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays are increasing," he said. "This increase is a result of the federal government trying to commandeer the assets of the state of Georgia and infringe on our sovereignty."

The reinsurance fee is a provision of the Affordable Care Act and is a temporary fee from 2014 through 2016 designed to stabilize the individual insurance market for high-risk individuals. The fee will be included in premiums and transferred by insurers. UnitedHealthcare, a major national insurer, estimates it will amount to about $5 per month.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.



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