Republicans in Georgia are continuing fight against health insurance reform passed by the Democratic Congress.
State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced on Monday that the state will not participate in a $5 billion temporary high risk Georgia health insurance pool established under the new law.
Oxendine is concerned that the financial burden of this program will fall into the lap of tax paying residents. Georgia is also among the 19 states that have questioned the constitutionality of the new law and is currently in battle with the federal government through the U.S. court system. They have filed a lawsuit claiming the federal government doesn’t have the right to require individual, family, and businesses to buy health insurance.