Posted: 6:00 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal makes a (very limited) exception to his stance against Medicaid expansion 

By Greg Bluestein

Record numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America have been arriving at the U.S-Mexico border. Eric Gay/AP

Record numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America have been arriving at the U.S-Mexico border. Eric Gay/AP

Gov. Nathan Deal has gone to great lengths to assure his supporters that he’s against the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But he carved out one exception this week.

It has to do with the more than 1,100 unaccompanied immigrant children transferred by the feds this year to the care of sponsors living in Georgia. The influx comes amid a surge of Central American children fleeing instability and violence at home to illegally cross the southwest border.

The governor said in an interview he expects their number to grow, and that he’s hearing they could be granted official refugee status. That means they could be eligible for state welfare programs, the costliest being healthcare coverage.

And that’s where Deal is in favor of the feds picking up the full tab for a very limited Medicaid expansion. Said Deal:

“I would suggest if they are going to do it in that fashion, if they want somewhere they can spend 100% of the cost of Medicaid expansion, it ought to be in this refugee program. The federal government ought to pick up 100% of that tab.”

For now, though, Deal said he’s still waiting for basic details from the White House on how many of the unaccompanied minors are still to come – and who will pick up the tab. He said one agency said the feds will pay for all the costs associated with the children, including education, but he said he doubts that is correct.

“I think we deserve an answer,” said Deal. “It’s not that we’re unsympathetic. We’re not. The children, of course, this is not something they brought upon themselves. We will be as compassionate as anyone will be. We just need to know what to expect, and we need to know how to anticipate the costs of them being in state.”

 

102 comments
gwmac
gwmac

Nathan Deal has done nothing as governor. The only "people" he helped were corporations, his own family, and friends. Is it any wonder why he ranks as among the worst governors in the country or that Georgia ranks dead last on corruption? Are Georgia voters in a co-dependent relationship with this guy? How is he not behind 20 or more points in the polls. Are people asleep or just don't care....


Read a history of what Deal has done this last decade here. 


http://gwmac.com/georgia-raw-deal/

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Like Medicaid, Blundering Deal announces an initiative to get 1 million Georgians to go back to college to complete their education. Why? Glad you asked!  He claims to have a more educated workforce.


In reality His Incompetence championed and signed a bill in 2011 regarding HOPE that forced 1 million students to dropout and another 500,000 not to even enroll.  It was so bad that it was listed as the worst economic blunder for Georgia that year.  Hardest hit were the techical colleges where their enrollment dropped on average by 25%, and the worst cases were in conservative rural areas.  Instead of addressing the secondary education and income inqualities in the system, he simply raised tuition and fee percentages while his conservative US congressional friends were reducing federal funds for education.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Jack will NOT Be Back....and there will Be NO DEAL in November.....

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN OF GEORGA, GOVERNOR?  DON'T THEY DESERVE GOOD HEALTH CARE, TOO? 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

When a child is injured or dies the AJC is quick to call out DFACS under a front page headline and give us page after page of "in depth" analysis. Now, we have over a thousand unidentified illegal kids being placed in essentially foster homes in Georgia (with many more on the way) with NO State monitoring of their conditions and care. I'm waiting for the exposes . . . not . . . so . . . patiently. Hypocrites.

dreluv
dreluv

I paid taxes but Nathan Deal whether give illegal Medicaid but 600,000 poor Georgian can't get Medicaid...November hurry up so we can vote Nathan Deal out.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

It appears to difficult to have honest debate with some when they don't know or understand the difference between immigrants and refugees.  Or that the Road Kill GOPossums:


1. Complained when Obama clamped down on businesses that exploited illegal immigrants. 

2. Refused to take open farm jobs when Deal signed the Show Your ID law, even with a promise of $20 per hour.

3. That Obama has become the deportation President.

4. That Obama has effectively used limited funds to stem the tide of immigration.

5.  Feel free to add other comflicting statements, double talk, and long standing misrepresentations by RKG's.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

There is a serious problem with Deal saying he "doubts"  what he was told by the Feds will foot the bill for the refugees is correct. 


1. How long has Deal's staff known about the 2008 law? 

2. How difficult would it take tto simply Google the law?

3. Deal was a member of Congress when the law to pass without objection, but but now questions the Feds?

4. Some have doubted Deal's competence or effectiveness, but his ongoing passing the buck and blaming others for his inabilities are proving them right.

5. There is proof that Deal is sorely lacking in the GOP dominated State, and his approval rating is the same as Obama's.

EdUktr
EdUktr

What Obama is doing by luring people up from Central America with amnesty ambiguities is a crime. Reunite illegals with their EXTENDED families by promptly sending them back to their native land and culture!

Stop exploiting their greed—for domestic political gain.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Gov. Deal is certainly not going to get any answer from the federal government on payment of the LEGAL expenses of these children: schooling and emergency medical care, which all in this country must get. He's reacting just like all of the other state governors (a great many of them Republican) who are howling because they've just found out that hundred to thousands of these children are being/have been shipped to the various states to be reunited with their families...and the government won't even tell where they are.


Yes, their medical care is mandated because epidemics can spread from sick people to healthy people without any citizenship papers.


Let Congress finally move to do something about this crisis. Maybe this apportionment of the migrant children to the states will impel them to do so.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Republican Governors are responsible for more Deaths of Americans on American Soil in there STUBBORN and OBSTINATE refusal of providing adequate Healthcare and Foodstamps for the Poor & Needy of America. These DEATHS are more in Number and Criminal than those of Benghazi!

Osama Bin Laden would so PROUD OF THEM! where else can you find a Group who is DEDICATED To the TOTAL DESTRUCTION and the Breakdown of the American Family? Like the Republican Party!


When YOU want to CRUSH the American People, who can Do it Better?  than Republican Leaders? All of them Proudly with a straight FACE go before the American People and say "What God Fearing Christian, Jesus Loving and following  People they are....


There is a Very Special Place awaiting this DAMNED LOT on the other side. Very Special!

Bernie31
Bernie31

You cannot be Pro-Life and Be against Healthcare For Children....It is ILLOGICAL and Hypocritical.

Dano911
Dano911

Deal, like 99.9 % of all Republicans are out of touch with reality.  Georgia, its time to get some sanity in the Governor's office next year.  Vote him out!   NO DEAL. CARTER IS SMARTER!

Laurie1113
Laurie1113

I don't think Deal has much of a choice in this situation.  The kids are coming, whether he likes it or not.  So Georgia either pays 100% of the cost to handle these kids, or accept help from the federal government to foot some of the bill.  I'm not a Deal fan, but I'm pretty sure this is how it's going down.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CuriousPrime - Governor Yella Teeth did not get that wake up Call on the Hope Scholarship until he attended a UGA Football Game and the Crowd started to BOO him!

Imagine that a Georgia Governor being BOOED at a Georgia FOOTBALL Game...in Athens, Ga.

The LQQK on his Face was PRICELESS!

"Who are they BOOING?"  He Asked, curiously...You, Genius! 

Shortly there after there was a reversal in his previous Hope scholarship decision. Many of those same students who had to Drop out and dis-enroll from already started Programs and fields of Study will NOT forget this KNUCKLEHEAD MOVE by good ole Nathan.

Carter is SMARTER.....

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

@DawgDadII  That's because thanks to the feds, and NO thanks to Nathan, the "legal because the Bush-pushed law said it was so" children, are being taken care of.

Only thing the state "government" has done so far is pout.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@CuriousPrime On March 1, 2010, Deal announced his resignation from Congress to run for governor of Georgia.  How long did he know?  Hell he was there when it passed.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@EdUktr President Obama Luring? with Amnesty ambiguities? exploiting their Gree for Political Gain? I have ALWAYS KNOWN YOU were a Prolific LIAR but your comments go beyond the Pale of Decency and Honesty. 

But many here understand who you are. A Republican from Georgia is not capable of being Honest and Truthful...as a matter of Fact Conservative Republicans have always been Prolific Liars when it comes to Politics. This is who you are and what group you support. You cannot Help Yourselves you are Children of Darkness.....

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

...luring people up from Central America with amnesty...

1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got yer amnesty hangin' right here, sport."

Eustis
Eustis

Deporting you is a better idea.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@EdUktr Procedures for helping young unaccompanied illegal immigrants are based in part on legislation approved by Congress in 2008, yet some lawmakers who did not object to the measure then are against the procedures now.  The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 also passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.  The act was mainly intended to help human trafficking victims, but one part had provisions for unaccompanied illegal immigrants under age 18.  The legislation said they must “be promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child.” The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is to provide for their custody and care while deportation hearings are under way. The department is to attempt to find a parent or a sponsor in the United States while providing free legal representation and a child advocate.~~~Published: June 29, 2014 The Oklahoman


Hey Ed...No one really cares what you are ranting and posting about, when your post start to be fair and balanced then and then will they be dependable and reliable.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@EdUktr Yup, Nunn sucks. She's already an insider taking money from outsiders and attending fundraisers from criminals.


RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@EdUktr What happened to your favorite poll aggregator, the Huffington Post? I see you're not shilling those aggregates anymore (which include ALL polls and show both Nunn/Carter ahead), and instead are now using RCP's, which show the result you want by leaving out one of the Landmark polls. 


Zero credibility, this guy.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Bernie31 Actually they don't even care for Christians, their Christianity stops when they walk out the church and crank up their cars.  The only reason they are so concerned with Israel is that it gets votes.


Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.~~~World News 9.27.13


LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@Bernie31  Yes Bernie, It's up to the USA to take care of every child in the America's. Both North America and South America. I would think that even you would know that is not possible.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@Dano911  No Dano, it's pretty clear who is out of touch with reality and it's not our governor.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Laurie1113 By this reasoning, Obama should pay 100% for ALl illegal aliens, since it is his fault (and his alone) that the border has never been sealed!  Forget Reagan, or the Bushes,, all these aliens are Obama's fault and the fed should pick up all costs associated. NEVER MIND the farmers and construction owners and others who have profited MIGHTILY from it!

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@StraightNoChaser @CuriousPrime Exactly.  However, he probably didn't know because all he did was spend 8 years saying yes to everything Cheney or Hastert told him, and no to everything during his last two years in Congress.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@EdUktr - inner city realities....Who USES that TERM anymore BUT OLD Angry White Men?  uh...huh!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@EdUktr @Bernie31 - No thank you to your Cartoon World of Dysfunction, Moral Bankruptcy of Hate,Racism and Bigotry.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DawgDadII @Bernie31 - People who Say they are PRO-LIFE are LIARS! Nothing About them is about LIFE at ALL! You should call yourselves PRO-HATERS! Haters is What you really ARE!


For this is WHO and What You Truly ARE! You cannot even be Honest with yourselves in Labeling Your Own STUPIDITY!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LHardingDawg @Bernie31 - But it is Okay for the U.S. to spend a minimum of  Two million Dollars a Week and some weeks as high as Five Million a week for (13) Thirteen Years in a Country that has been a wasteland of fallen Empires for centuries!

uh...huh.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Wascatlady @Laurie1113 - What are you smoking? or drinking? Forget Reagan and the Bushes.....LOL! Oh, if only America Could....She would be a Far Better and greater Nation!


Was it NOT your Beloved George W. Bush who fought, encouraged and signed a Bill clearly stating ALL Children who are not of American Birth have a Hearing prior to DEPORTATION?


The same George Bush who said WMD can be found ALL over IRAQ!


with 5,600 American Deaths to prove that was a LIE!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@EdUktr So the link I have posted is a lie they did not have Kingston beating Perdue?  Seriously your post are getting beyond ridiculous.  Like I said seek and yee shall find.