@Atlanta Backer, the Mayor vigorously campaigned against two of the three at-large city council members, and his candidates were soundly defeated, by about 2500 votes each. He backed a candidate against Felicia Moore that she easily beat back by 70%. Reed's support of Brenda Muhammad on the school board was not enough to keep her out of retirement.
I would say that the people of Atlanta made it clear that the Mayor's coattails are not nearly as long as he would like them to be. He ought to spend this second term working WITH the City Council instead of trying to make it an arm of the Mayor's office.
@JF, I appreciate your comments. I look at the issue of Medicaid expansion in the context of all that we constantly hear about the wonderful and healthy relationship between the Governor and his BFF, the Mayor of Atlanta. If they can work so well together on other goals, like the Savannah port and the new stadium, it would have been nice to hear about the Mayor putting on some pressure about Medicaid. In one recent interview, Reed said that he hadn't spoken with Deal about Medicaid because he knows they don't agree and there was no point in talking about something they don't see eye to eye on. I'm surprised that Mayor Reed would not have relished the opportunity to help the President's signature accomplishment come to fruition, especially given the number of uninsured people right in Atlanta. It's unfortunate that the Mayor of Atlanta didn't take the approach taken by the Mayor of Houston, TX. Since Governor Rick Perry made it clear that he would completely obstruct ObamaCare, and Sen. Cruz performed his own shenanigans, Mayor Parker in Houston showed extraordinary leadership in educating and reaching out to residents about the Affordable Care Act. Houston's City Hall worked with Enroll America and other groups to make sure people understood what was coming available to them, despite their State Government's resistance.
In my opinion, some Georgia Democrats have given the Governor a pass on this issue. To their credit, I don't know if many elected officials truly understood what the ramifications of the Medicaid refusal mean to half a million Georgians. Now that the exchange is up and people can see what their options are, more voters and elected officials are starting to realize that so many people are still shut out of health care, even post-Obamacare.
I don't disagree with you about the Tea Party's stronghold here, but I also don't believe that Georgia is as conservative as some would like us to believe. I think we were very ably gerrymandered by conservative forces, but Obama's relatively strong performance and the changing demographics point to an electorate that is trending purple, even though our elected officials don't reflect that.
ObamaCare is not social welfare. People will be buying private health insurance on a marketplace. Some people will have a portion of their private insurance subsidized, but that's what societies do, subsidize actions we think are important. Some influential Democratic voice should have used their political capital to educate the Governor on the opportunities for economic stability and development that would have come to our state with full implementation of ObamaCare. Across the country, ten Republican Governors, including Jan Brewer in Arizona, have already changed their minds and gotten on aboard with Medicaid expansion. Deal should do the same.
If only our Democratic elected officials who enjoy close relationships with the Governor had leaned on him to expand Medicaid. Surely the health interests of Georgia and Atlanta families are as important as the construction of a new football stadium.
@Vox, I completely agree with you.
Mrs. Grimmett, I am also blessed with a school age child. Our son attends our neighborhood school within APS, where I am President of the PTA. For me, it's important that there is strong accountability for every school system employee, including the Superintendent. Unless the next Superintendent is chosen by the School Board (which was elected by Atlanta voters) and paid by taxpayers, there is no way we can make sure that Superintendent is answering to us. Whenever there is a conflict between the needs of the children of Atlanta and the preferences of the outside benefactors, I would prefer to know that our Superintendent will side with the children.
Thank you, Creative Loafing. This story was dangerously incomplete. ALL of the blame for Grady's funding shortfall rests with Governor Nathan Deal and his inhumane refusal to expand Medicaid. Period.
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