The Republican Party in Georgia has lost its majority of seats in the state legislature, and a GOP-controlled legislature has refused to consider a measure that would end the state’s $8.5 billion-a-year Medicaid expansion, an Associated Press analysis of data shows.
In a sign of how seriously the GOP is taking its future, Gov.
Nathan Deal, a former Republican who became governor after the election, said in a statement Friday that he is “saddened” to see Republicans’ losses.
Deal said he would not accept any compromise that would weaken Georgia’s Medicaid program.
The state’s Medicaid expansion provides coverage to nearly 1 million low-income people, and it was set up under President Barack Obama.
Sonny Perdue, right, speaks with House Speaker J. Scott Strickland, D-Ga., at the state Capitol in Athens, Ga., Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Georgia Gov., Sonny Perance, right.
speaks with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during a visit to the statehouse in Athens.
Georgia’s House of Representatives voted in June to approve a $5 billion Medicaid expansion that would extend health coverage to an estimated 8 million low income residents, but the measure was blocked by the Senate.
The bill would have extended coverage to more than 5 million people and saved Georgia nearly $1 billion over the next decade.
Deal, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said the GOP’s losses in Georgia were a direct result of the lack of cooperation from the GOP leadership.
He said he expects the legislature to pass a new measure in the coming days that would make Georgia’s program sustainable.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.