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June 18

Crowd of Republicans want to be Georgia’s insurance commissioner

Posted by Mahir
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A crowded field of candidates is battling it out to become the state’s next insurance commissioner, with several vowing to wrestle the new federal health care law.
Nine Republicans and one Democrat have entered the contest to replace Commissioner John Oxendine, who is running for governor in the Republican primary. The list of candidates includes the chairmen of both the state House and Senate insurance committees.

The federal health care law, pushed by President Barack Obama, has emerged as a key issue in the race. Earlier this year, Oxendine declined â?? as part of the new law â?? to set up a state insurance pool for high-risk Georgians who have been uninsured for at least six months. The Republican candidates say they will help the state fight beside the law.

“I think it’s totally unauthorized,” said Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Ralph Hudgens, 67, a Republican from Hull. Amongst the candidates, Hudgens has raised the most money â?? $367,000 overall and has $260,000 in cash on hand. Hudgens said if chosen, he would consider decentralizing the department and generate field offices across the state to help speed up workers’ compensation claims, arson investigations and fraud probes.

Also raising considerable cash are Republican attorney Maria Sheffield with $160,000 and House Insurance Committee Chairman Tom Knox, a 66-year-old Republican from Cumming who has raised $125,000. Sheffield supports more funding for arson investigations to speed up the process and a tax break for volunteer firefighters. Knox said he wants to skirmish federal participation in the health insurance in Georgia

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