Montigel: ‘Romneycare’ expansion positive
by Geoff Folsom
July 02, 2012 02:15 AM | 2846 views | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SUWANEE — Robert Montigel said his own family experience has shown him the potential value of “Obamacare.”

A Democratic candidate for U.S House District 6, currently held by Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), said his son Jason, a chef in Nantucket, Mass., fell ill because of a MRSA staph infection in his leg. But because of a law signed in 2006 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney, he was forced to buy health insurance, something Montigel said caused his son to have his leg checked out more quickly, which allowed the infection to be caught before it became more serious.

He is thankful that the individual mandate in “Romney Care” will be implemented nationwide as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the constitutionality of the similar federal law Thursday.

“One of the main points of the health care law is to have people go for preventative care,” Montigel said. “We are thankful to Gov. Romney.”

Of course, Romney promises to repeal and replace the federal health care act if he is elected president. And Montigel will be voting for Obama in November.

But first Montigel, 65, has a race of his own against Kennesaw business consultant Jeff Kazanow in the July 31 Democratic Primary, with the winner facing off against five-term incumbent Price in November.

While he supports it, Montigel said more can be done to make the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act more affordable. He would like to see new treatments available that can save money, such as expanding telemedicine, where a doctor can have a video visit with a patient far away.

“It’s a starting point. Nothing is perfect,” he said of Obamacare. “When you get new information, you react to it and make changes.”

Montigel also supports efforts for Congress to reduce interest rates on student loans. But again, he said more will have to happen to make online learning easier, which could also lower costs.

“There’s no reason for costs to go up,” he said. “There’s no reason there have to be so many brick and mortar classrooms.”

Montigel, a Roswell resident who owns a small business in Suwanee, said he would work to secure federal funds for a light rail line, proposed to initially go between Cumberland Mall and Midtown Atlanta, should Cobb County commissioners request such help.

“There’s a place in Atlanta for light rail,” he said. “Everything has to be done in the framework of what’s being done for the overall country … I’d rather see federal money go to infrastructure than to one-time spending.”

Montigel said he would have to evaluate whether he wants to continue to see House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California stay on as the leading Democrat in the body once he gets to Washington.

While he said he agrees with Kazanow on most issues, Montigel said he has a more moderate approach that can appeal to independents, something that would be advantageous in the general election. Despite a reported financial advantage of $1.4 million for Price, compared to nothing for either Democratic opponent, and the fact that Price gathered 69 percent of the vote in 2008, the last time he faced a Democratic challenger, Montigel insists that he is in the race to win because people are growing weary of Republicans in Washington.

“If he was a true leader, he would be working with the opposition and the people in the Senate to come up with a solution, instead of blaming the Senate for everything,” Montigel said of Price.

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July 02, 2012
We need to find someone to replace No-So Price, who didn't show up for committee hearings he was a member of. He sure didn't show a Medical Doctor mindset in Congress, must be the Business Man mind set he uses, surely not concerned about the health and welfare of his constituents.
Kennesaw Resident
July 03, 2012
Most business people I know show up for their meetings, must be the slacker mind set he used.
July 02, 2012
As a proud graduate of Mercer University, I'm happy to see you corrected the mistake made in the print edition calling the staph infection Mercer rather than MRSA. LOL
July 02, 2012
This guy is just another democrat dolt that doesn't have a clue about economics, and the source of wealth (which is "spendable money" for you other dolts reading this).

In his world, and his competitor's, we just tax those that have money and give it to those that don't, OR we simply print more (now worthless) money and fill the system with it. Voila! Everything is fixed.

Free health care, and light rail everywhere.

AND...trillions of dollars in new debt, that will magically be paid for by "rich people" or with the worst tax of all: inflation.

Why didn't these people listen in Economics 101 ?
July 02, 2012
Obviously, you and the rest of you that follow Reagan, and George W. Bush didn't pay attention in Econ 101. The highly ranked schools in the North and Midwest I attended did not teach this in Econ 101, nor in Graduate Business School classes. No wonders, I was recruited down to Atlanta over people that graduated in the State of Georgia. Funny how the owner of the company who with his son's belong to the Piedmont Driving Club did not recruit any employees who went to Georgia Universities. The only one who went to Ga. tech was one of his son's. He knew that the real people who did the work, and ran the company behind the Good Olde Boy Atlanta sences had to be educated outside of Georgia.
July 03, 2012
At least the three graduate schools I graduated here in Georgia taught me correct grammar and punctuation. Note your repeated incorrect use of "son's."
K Robinson
July 09, 2012
I can see now why Fox and Friends are so effective with their low information voters. The middle class pay higher taxes in proportion to their incomes. The rich pay disproportionately low taxes. In addititon, the reasons we have the deficit (meaning deficiency)are:

1)Bush's tax cuts to the wealthy caused the deficiency because there was no revenue to pay for:

2) Two wars, so money was:

3) Borrowed from China as had been the practice to pay for the wars and the tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans (again revenue deficiency) the country could not afford.

Finally, the so-called job creators are receiving tax breaks while these same so-called job creators consistently ship jobs out of the country. The basis of it all is that simple.
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