Dozens of supporters of the Affordable Care Act rallied outside the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens Thursday.
Democratic state lawmakers and members from organizations like Georgia’s AFL-CIO and Protect Your Care said they were disappointed by Hudgens’s recent remarks about the ACA, commonly called ObamaCare.
Hudgens reportedly told a conservative group he was actively obstructing implementation of Obamacare.
“The politics of this is that a lot of Republicans don’t want ObamaCare to work and see it as good politics to run against it and to act against it,” explained Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball a website run by the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
“There is certainly a partisan political motivation for Republican officials to see ObamaCare not work or to be covered negatively because the more that ObamaCare is seen negatively by the general public, the better is probably is for Republican candidates in the 2014 midterm elections nationally and also the Presidential race in 2016.”
People who attended the rally, however, believe Hudgens should act in the best interest of Georgians and put politics aside.
“Let’s not play ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ with the lives of the people of Georgia. Let’s do the right thing,” said Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia.
After the rally, the group marched into Hudgens’s office to deliver a letter. The written request asked in part for the Insurance Commissioner “to be fair and impartial in educating consumers about insurance options.”
“We are saddened by the latest actions and public statements by Commissioner Hudgens pledging to obstruct the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” said DeLane Adams, Communications Director for the Georgia AFL-CIO. “We believe that this approach will impact the largest and most vulnerable group of Georgia residents and will weaken the economy of Georgia.”
Commissioner Hudgens was on business in Albany and would not comment on the rally.