Welcome to Georgia First, the website of Georgia's own champion of liberty... Ray McBerry!
I believe that America has created the most effective healthcare system in the world, in large part, because it has historically been a function of the private sector and the free market system. I oppose all efforts to federalize and socialize healthcare in our state. As governor, I will invoke the Tenth Amendment mechanisms of interposition and nullification to prevent federal intrusion into our healthcare system and into our budget in Georgia.
There are several things that we should do to lighten the healthcare burden for Georgians and make it possible for more Georgians to obtain coverage, however.
First, we should abolish the insurance premium tax. Georgia currently has the second highest premium tax in America and is one of only about a dozen states to even have such a tax. We pay nearly $600 million annually in this state in insurance premium tax -- something inexcusable in a time when many people can barely afford coverage for their families as it is.
Secondly, we should work toward enabling Georgians to purchase insurance coverage across state lines in order to increase competition and reduce rates for our citizens. This must be done while continuing to guarantee that insurance companies will remain accountable to Georgia's state insurance commissioner if they choose to sell to Georgians.
In short, as a true conservative, I believe that the changes to healthcare for Georgians will best be made by getting government OUT of the way, rather than by increasing government involvement and managed healthcare. Georgians should be responsible for their own healthcare... but not for that of everyone else.
I support the abolition of both income and property taxes and the replacement of them with a state sales tax.
I consider myself a constitutionalist, and strongly support a return to the original principles of our Founding Fathers...
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Ray was the clear winner in the gubernatorial debate in west Georgia hosted by the LaGrange Patriots!
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