The Republican Party of Georgia has put a new twist on the Affordable Care Act with an ambitious bill that would require insurance companies to provide free preventive care to anyone who shows signs of having a pemphyigoid or other medical condition.
The bill passed the state legislature Wednesday night with the backing of Gov.
It would create a state health insurance exchange to replace the Affordable Health Care Act.
The Georgia Department of Insurance, the state agency charged with providing insurance to low-income residents, has not yet responded to a request for comment on the bill.
Republican lawmakers have already been using the Affordable Healthcare Act as a political weapon against President Donald Trump.
Deal told reporters Wednesday that Republicans were going to try to use the law as a weapon against Democrats in the state and that Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for supporting the bill.
“We are going to make this very clear to the Democrats that if they are serious about fixing their healthcare system, they must get rid of the Pemphygoid Treatment and Prevention Act,” Deal said.
The legislation is likely to face an uphill battle with Democrats, who are also opposed to the bill, and the Georgia Supreme Court, which ruled last month that the law does not violate the state constitution.
Georgia’s health insurance market is expected to expand from 14,500 to 20,000 coverage plans, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The Republican governor has also signed a law that requires the state to provide $100 billion in debt relief for the state’s budget, which is already in deficit.
Georgia was one of the first states to sign up for Medicaid under the Affordable Act, which expanded coverage to low income people in exchange for a tax credit.
But the state has had difficulty making up the difference in cost for private insurance.
Georgia has already surpassed the $10 billion mark in federal Medicaid funding, and President Donald J. Trump has threatened to cut off the state if it does not provide more funding for the program.
Deal has vowed to veto the bill if it passes.
Georgia, which has one of only five states with a Medicaid population below the national average, has a population of 1.3 million, about 2.2% of the U.S. population.