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Re: “Ralph Hudgens and those pesky mammograms

Greetings All

It's a wonderful thing to see some press coverage of the down ballot insurance commissioner's race in Atlanta media as 99% of the political oxygen is being sucked out of the room by the never ending saga of Nathan "Stinky" Deal vs. Arithmetic. It's even nicer to see my own modest work cited as a reference in Mr. Wheatley's article and so I will resist the urge to cut and paste all of it into this comment. It's super cool to see Mary Squires calling press conferences and stuff and watching Ralph Hudgens in the video was a hoot as well. Maybe this race might get more exciting.

As Rule .303 observes, when you add up 45 mandates that range in cost from less than 1% to as high as 10% you wind up with add ons in Georgia estimated to run as high as 20% of your health insurance bill.

The mandated coverages that deal with strictly female issues comprise 10 of the 33 mandated coverages as listed below (From the Bludgeon & Skewer Blog post 23 MAY 10)

6. Breast Reconstruction add <1% 51 states
7. Cervical Cancer/HPV Screening add <1% 31 states
8. Clamydia add <1% 5 states
19. In Vitro Fertilization add 3% to 5% 15 states
20. Mammography add <1% 50 states
21. Mastectomy add <1% 23 states
22. Mastectomy Minimum Stay add <1% 25 states
23. Maternity add 1% to 3% 23 states
24. Maternity Minimum Stay add <1% 50 states
29. Ovarian Cancer Screening add <1% 7 states

8 of the 10 mandates average less than 1% of your health care insurance costs, Maternity rolls out from 1% to 3% and in-vitro fertilization kicks another 3% to 5% of cost onto every Georgian with a health insurance policy. Clearly the current law is designed to subsidize coverage for some at the expense of the many.

The other 23 mandates pile right on and it turns out we're all paying for cheaper insurance for alcoholics and the morbidly obese. I don't have anything against drinking too much or eating too much, but don't expect me to smile as I pay for it every month of my life because the State says I have to.

A better choice, the Libertarian choice, would be to allow each individual citizen to tailor their health insurance coverage for their own needs and desires in accordance with what they can afford. Unfortunately, we live in state controlled by republicans and democrats so don't expect that showing up as an option.

The real kicker about this issue is there is nothing the Commissioner of Insurance can do about the mandates other than try to educate the voting public about their existence. Like the Insurance Premium Tax, most Georgian's have never heard about the Health Insurance Mandates and have no idea how much money it costs them every month.

Is there a quick fix? Nope. The long term solution is to vote Libertarian this fall. Vote for John Monds for Governor and vote for every other Libertarian on the ballot including me. If one in five Georgians have had enough and cast their ballots for liberty, we will see change in the state house in 2012. Guaranteed.

Shane Bruce
Libertarian Candidate for Commissioner of Insurance

Posted by TANSTAAFL on 10/04/2010 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Roy Barnes’ bid for the governor’s seat reshapes the political landscape

Kudos Mr. Henry,

That was quite an interesting exercise in examining the state of the race for the Governorship in 2010.

Have you considered the effect that Libertarian John Monds is going to have on the race? Here's an interesting article that does:


Hi Kids,

OK, we're gonna start the conversation about the impending run off in the 2010 Governors race here in Georgia. Wait a minute, you say, that election is over 500 days away! There are no candidates that have been selected by their respective conventions or won any of the primaries! How can you start talking about a run off ! What kind of crack are you smoking?

Good point, but we're still going to delve into the impending run off. It's gonna happen. Ideally, our guy John Monds will have to good fortune to wind up facing Roy Barnes as the democratic candidate and Nathan Deal as the republican standard bearer. That makes Libertarian John Monds the only African American up there on the debate podium. His opposition will be two old fat white guys who symbolize all the bad things about politics in Georgia. No transportation plan, no tax relief, no improvement in education and more people going to jail everyday for victimless crimes. That's their legacy.

Furthermore, Deal and Barnes are so solidly entrenched in their respective parties that "conventional wisdom" will bind them to the doctrines that get them through their primaries and into the general election. That same conventional wisdom will lead them to utterly ignore John Monds as a candidate through the course of their campaigns until election night when they realize that neither one of them will break the 50% +1 barrier to secure the Governorship. Tongues will wag and fingers will be pointed to no avail. Two of the three candidates will have to gear up for another month of campaigning, arm twisting and begging for money to achieve their goal.

And one of those two candidates just might be John Monds.

How can you even start thinking that you ask? It's easy, look at the results from the 2008 PSC race. John Monds garnered over 1,000,000 votes running against an entrenched incumbent. An encumbent republican who was considered to be so strong that the Georgia Democratic party could not find a candidate willing to run against him. But John Monds did. And he did it on a campaign budget of just over $5,000. That's right $5,000. Digest that fact.

John Monds has a lock on the Libertarian nomination for 2010. His stellar performance in the 2008 PSC race speaks for itself, but we'll be detailing some particulars from that race later on in this screed to illustrate why we so firmly believe that a run off is ineviatable.Let's set the table first with some pertinent background info from our very own Secretary of States office. Election results, boys and girls, election results.

First, here's the link to the SecStates website detailing the statewide and by county results for the 2008 PSC race, southern district:

http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2008

Here are the statewide totals 2008 PSC Southern District

Everett(R) Monds(L) Total Vote
2,147,012 1,076,726 3,223.738

Here are some selected counties to illustrate how strong John Monds support was in key areas. Read that 3 Democratic Strongholds

County Everett Monds

CLAYTON 26,938 48,375 75,313
DEKALB 100,210 137,927 238,137
FULTON 164,550 157,572 322,122


Here are some numbers from 3 key Republican Strongholds

County Everett Monds

GWINNETT 163,024 83,514 246,538
COBB 181,554 85,334 266,888
CHEROKEE 65,418 18,796 84,214


Starting to see a trend? Here's some more data to chew on from the SecState. In the 2008 election, a big election what with Rockin' Barry O steamrolling to victory, guess how many votes were cast in the presidential election here in Georgia? The answer is 3,924,486! So in a vibrant national election, the significantly down ticket non democrat, non republican, Libertarian John Monds got over a million votes out of 3.2 million ballots cast. Well kids, 2010 is not a national cycle election. Lets look at 2006 for some vote total info!



Perdue(R)
1,229,724

Taylor(D)
811,049

Hayes(L)
81,412

A little over 2.1 million votes cast in the Governors race, a long way from 3.9 million in the 2008 Presidential race. And our guy Hayes got a respectable 81K. Not bad for a guy with even less money than John Monds had in the PSC race. So what does this mean? It's a fact that off year elections have lower turnout. It's unavoidable, people have busy lives and if there isn't something really striking going on, buzz is low and so is turnout. For regular political parties. Libertarian's are not regular.

This is how it's going to play out, about 2.1 maybe 2.3 million votes will be cast in 2010. John Monds is going to take about 300,000 conservative voters out of the republican column because the republicans are not fiscally conservative enough and about the same number from democrats who feel their party is not socially liberal enough plus around 100,000 or so independents and fellow Tin Hat wearin', spaceship polishin' Libertarians. He'll get 700,000 votes or right at 33% of the vote.

I know, mighty bold talk for a crazy Libertarian, but that's why we'll have a run off in the 2010 Governors race. Wouldn't it be a hoot if it was a three way tie?

More to follow from your friendly neighborhood Libertarian Community Organizer!


Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2009 at 10:44 PM

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