The ACA / Medicaid expansion can potentially help up to 620,000 currently uninsured people in Georgia (per Governor Deal, "Our initial estimates suggest an additional 620,000 individuals will enroll in Medicaid in 2014.")
More than 600,000 uninsured Georgians are expected to gain coverage through the ACA Medicaid expansion. If the state approves the expansion it could receive $9 for every $1 of state expenditure. Without Medicaid expansion, Georgia will lose more than $35 billion in ten years. Those federal dollars would flow to hospitals, doctors, emergency rooms, and pharmacies. These additional funds would go to communities throughout the state - particularly those serving an undue percentage of the uninsured. If Georgia does not expand Medicaid, then those federal tax dollars will simply flow to other states. This would lead to vastly different outcomes from state to state.
If Georgia does choose to expand Medicaid eligibility, the federal government will pay for the extra cost over a three year period. After that, the federal government will pay for 90% of the cost thereafter. Therefore, the argument that Georgia's state budget "can not afford" the expansion is invalid.
Please join your voice to this petition, asking Governor Deal and our Legislature to put politics aside, and do what is best for the people of Georgia.