From Oconee County Observations
RE: Oconee County and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate forum on Thursday, Oct 11

The three Republican state legislative candidates who spoke at the Oconee County and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate forum on Thursday night said they did not want the government involved in health care and that the market could provide solutions to health care problems.

The other five speakers–four Democrats and a write-in candidate–said the market was not working and government needed to step in to address health care problems.

All the speakers except the three Republicans favored expansion of Medicaid in the state, saying Georgia not only was not providing for needy residents but was passing up federal tax money collected from people in Georgia that is going to other states.

The three Republicans opposed expansion of Medicaid.

The forum, attended by well over 150 people, was run as four separate sessions–for Senate District 46, for Senate District 47, for House District 117 and for House District 119.

Moderator Tim Bryant of WGAU radio asked different questions in each of those four sessions, but he included at least one question on healthcare in each.

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Oconee County Observations