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Rep. Jason Spencer: GOP leadership failure

Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.
Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for the state of Georgia.

“You got that right. They will go missing in the Okefenokee. Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ‘em.” – Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine)

The Georgia GOP has made the big time! Rep.Jason Spencer (R) was recently on Showtime yelling “N*****, N*****” (and pulling his pants to expose his buttocks). There you go again, putting your foot (both feet?) in your mouth.
The comedian (Sacha Baron Cohen) who pranked him knew that he had the right target in his sites. Rep. Spencer has been way out there for a long time, and the GOP leadership in Georgia has failed until just recently (with the Showtime incident) to condemn him for his ignorance and racism. That is inexcusable, but consistent with the extreme rightward movement of my state party.
Last time it was a weird defense of confederate monuments to a former state legislator, as in the above quote. Advocating violence to preserve these monuments was a new low even for Spencer.
Wake up from your long sleep, Rep. Spencer and the GA GOP leadership. Surprise, the South lost the Civil War. Sorry, Rep. Spencer, I meant to say the glorious War Between the States.
To refresh your memory, Southern states withdrew from the Union to preserve slavery in those states. No state withdrew, or ever even considered withdrawing, that had already outlawed slavery.
South Carolina withdrew first and made it clear in its declaration that it was solely due to slavery. The others followed each for the same reason.
Don’t give me that bull that they left due to state’s rights. The war wasn’t all that glorious now, was it?
It is estimated that between 650,000 to 850,000 soldiers died. A little less than half of them were poor Southerners.
They died as a result of a war started to preserve slavery for the rich slave-owning landowners (many of whom bought their way out of actually serving). I guess that makes it even less glorious, right Rep. Spencer?
My opinion is that, hard as it may be, we Southerners must acknowledge that the Confederate Generals were traitors who sought to destroy the United States of America. Some, like Gen. Forrest, were horrible men who started the KKK and persecuted innocent black men and women. Lee and some others led good lives after the war and should be celebrated for their good deeds as well as their obvious faults. Monuments should be moved to museums, as Trump said during the campaign, along with an explanation of the evils of this particular war and slavery.
I must say that I did not expect much to start with from Rep. Spencer, a Physician’s Assistant, based on his Georgia Health News commentary last year.  As a fellow healthcare professional, I was stunned by the strange, radical misinterpretation of facts he presented regarding Medicaid expansion and Obamacare (ACA), which he declares unaffordable “disasters” with little real proof to back up the charge. Given his remarks on the monument issue, I wonder if his views (and those of GA GOP leadership) are influenced at all by the fact that many Georgians on Medicaid are minorities. Well, I don’t really wonder, I know.
The fact is that 22 million people of all races gained coverage under the ACA. Many working people now have Medicaid and are able to finally get needed medical care. The rest are on the exchanges and 85 percent get subsidies so that their insurance is affordable. That is not a disaster.
I believe Spencer understands the health insurance system, but unconscionably chooses to twist the facts for his own political purposes. In this, he is very much like former DHHS Sec. Price, another Georgian who totally misrepresented both Trumpcare (which really was a disaster) and Obamacare.
The horrendous and unpopular Trumpcare bill supported by Rep. Spencer would have caused 20-30 million Americans to lose insurance coverage in order to provide a $600 billion tax break for the wealthy. It disturbs me even more that someone who should know better, Rep. Spencer, encouraged people to misunderstand Obamacare pros and cons.
It is good that after his very public show of foolishness that Rep. Spencer has resigned. However, the real questions remain: Why was he ever elected the first time and, more importantly, why didn’t the GOP leadership in Georgia have to wait for him to pull down his pants on national TV to condemn him and push him out?