ATLANTA- Those in favor of the Affordable Care Act going into practice unopposed gathered Thursday to protest recent comments by the State Insurance Commissioner. Hudgens told the Floyd County GOP last month they have a problem, and "that problem is Obamacare."
He told them he would be doing everything he could to hinder its implementation.
"Let me tell you what we're doing," Hudgens said in the video posted on YouTube by FloydPolitics. "Everything in my power to be obstructionist."
He cited a state law that requires state licensing for navigators, those who will help the uninsured apply for care under the new law.
Those at the rally, organized in part by the AFL-CIO, urged Hudgens to disavow his comments.
"You were elected to do your job, you were not elected to block the healthcare bill," said State Senator Nan Orrock.
Keisha Kuma has Multiple Sclerosis, a pre-existing condition she says her insurance company refuses to cover. She said the state government needs to help people like her, not obstruct a federal law upheld by the Supreme Court.
"It lends to 'I don't care,"' Kuma said of Hudgens' comments. "'I'm more committed to my party than to the people."'
Hudgens' office declined comment for this story; but in his speech he said his job was too look out for the Georgia people, and to protect them from rising premiums that could come from the Affordable Care Act.