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Georgia Insurance Commissioner Says Obamacare Will Collapse

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State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says the people of Georgia have a lot of questions about Obamacare.

"We're getting calls into our call center saying, hey, I can't get on the website, and our response is, you know, we don't have anything to do with it. That is totally the federal government," Hudgens says.

Georgia is one of 26 states that is not running a state health exchange for Obamacare. Hudgens says he advised Governor Nathan Deal on that decision, and now that the Federal Health Exchange is having problems, Hudgens stands by his advice.

"I'm not an Obamacare fan at all. I think it's going to destroy capitalism. I think it's going to destroy free enterprise and so, why would I do anything to try to make it successful," he says.

Wednesday night, Hudgens told the CSRA Republican Women's Club that he thinks insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles will all going up because of Obamacare, and he says the people most affected by the increases will by young people.

"No person can be charged more than 3 times more than any other person for the same product. And so the younger people who have generally been paying 1/7 of what the elderly pay, are now going to be able to pay 1/3. And so, what they are going to do is raise the young people's premiums," he says.

As for the enrollment numbers released by the White House, Hudgens says his office came up with different numbers.

"Only 536 people in the entire state of Georgia, were successfully able to go through from the original interface with the website, all the way through to selecting a product," he says.

And while some officials are hoping to repeal or defund Obamacare, Hudgens says there's no need for either.

"I think that they whole thing is going to collapse, just because it was so poorly written," he says.

About 106,000 Americans enrolled for new health plans during October. Health officials had initially projected close to 500,000 people to enroll in the first month.

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